Monday, September 17, 2007
Heritage Park had a great train display as well as a steam locomotive that ran around the park. Toby and I did not ride the train, but I did take a few pics of it. The first thing that we wanted to see (after we ate at the Dairy Barn) was the round house and turn table. Inside the round house there were several engines, a snow plow, and a caboose. The snow plow was huge - I guess it would have to be to break through snow along the Trans Canadian railway. Toby and I went through each engine like kids. I snapped this photo of the caboose about the time Toby stuck his head out - silly boy. The Park also had a collection of train cars from Canada. All were Victorian Era beautiful train cars. I say "Victorian Era" but actually the trains were early 20th century trains. The wood interiors were incredible. They had a summer car with wicker seats. They had a car that had been built for a special trip across Canada by English royalty and later used for other dignitaries. There was also train cars for the common folk - the seats were wooden rather than padded. Some cars had fancy sleepers with individual bathrooms - other had sleepers that folded out over the seats like the overhead compartments on today's planes, but much larger, and a bathroom at one end of the car that was much like an out-house. Toby and I went through each care in awe, read through the info and plaques and had a great time. What is it about trains that are just so fascinating.