My sons play with their wooden train tracks quite regularly, as well as their collection of Thomas trains.  They always get excited to see trains while we drive.  They know of all the different types of trains! Some of Rob’s ancestors worked with steam engines/railways, so perhaps it is just in the boys’ blood to love trains.

My Father-in-law and Mother-in-law wanted to take us all to Steamtown National Historical Site in Pennsylvania.  We didn’t tell the boys exactly where we were going (to keep it a surprise), but they were excited once they saw trains all about when we parked in the lot.  We went on a Tuesday afternoon, so there weren’t a lot of people there, which was pretty nice.  Although it didn’t really cost a lot to enter, they gave us all free access because Rob’s dad is in a wheelchair, which was very nice, considering the rest of us can walk.

We got to ride on an old 1930s steam train which seemed exciting to me, because I had only ever been on a subway train, not an actual train. It was a lovely train, but they went very slowly so it wobbled a lot, and I am not too keen on going backwards on a train (forwards feels fine).  I felt like my head was going to explode.  They kept going backwards and forwards.  Micah was so nervous.  He originally was sitting with Rob and Leto was sitting with me, but Micah wanted me to hold him instead of his Daddy.  If I would let go of him just a little, he’d grab my arm with force to keep him secured.  It was really cute but I felt badly for him.  Leto had so much fun, and Micah said he liked it in the end.
This is Leto’s excited face.  I asked him if he was happy to be on the train and he made this face while pausing before saying, “YES!!” while jumping up and down.

we must have been going backwards here, because I really didn’t like it. Apparently Micah loved it.

What I thought was really cool is that my father-in-law would NOT be able to ride this train if it were still the 1930s.  They didn’t have wheelchair accessibility at all back then, but they added on a lift and he was able to experience the ride with us, though he couldn’t fit through towards the seats at all, so we had to sit near the rear so we could be close to him.

This was inside one of the bunking areas (I have no idea what it is actually called).  There was a little toilet bowl inside where there is just a hole straight down (so all your business goes on the track).

We got to watch this train go on the round-a-bout which was interesting to see how they transfer trains to different tracks and work on the trains in different “houses”.  

Micah with Opa and Leto with Oma.

We all headed out to Cracker Barrel to eat on our way back home (which was about 2.5 hours away). Their food is really great and they have a bunch of them throughout Pennsylvania and New York state!

Mmm. Moonpies are so good.  

And the winner of the Shabby Apple giveaway is: NotsosimpleShelley! Congratulations! Shabby Apple should contact you very soon!!

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. I love the first picture of them because they look so small! Then in later pictures they look like grown boys… wow! Too fast!

    You look gorgeous in that photo!! So young, but with a classic beauty like old-time movie stars (which I hope I remember to write about a certain one in my next letter to you!)

  2. I love riding the train! Fave way to travel in the summer. Your family is beautiful.


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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (


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