Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Explore More Monday: Choo! Choo! Fun!!

I apologize for the dalay in posting the weekly Explore More Monday post. We had quite the busy weekend and it spilled over into yesterday as well. Aside from working on my son's teacher's birthday gift from the class, he had his initial physical therapy assessment (yeah, no surgery needed!), and then we had to go get the week's groceries, which we usually do on Sunday! Yikes!

Today was a little busier with me volunteering in the classroom this morning, but now as I get dinner started I am working on this exciting post. Never a dull moment around here. 

I chose to post this train-inspired adventure today, because many of my mom-friends took advantage of the great Texas weather this Mother's Day weekend and went to Galveston, a few of them even went to the Galveston Railroad Museum, one of Lil Monkey's favorite places!

The museum is home to a variety of historic locamotives, indoor displays and artifacts, model trains and even train rides on Saturdays!!

The Museum is also home to the 315 and 316 ATSF Warbonnets (see below). The Warbonnet paint scheme, designed by Leland Knickerbocker, was used by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway railroad. First applied to the Super Chief in 1937, it was used exclusively on the passenger Diesel locomotives. When passenger service ended on the AT&SF with the establishment of Amtrak in 1971, the Warbonnet scheme disappeared from the line for almost 20 years. Both the 315 and 316 originally were part of the Southern Pacific Railroad (one as SP and the other as Texas and New Orleans) but now reside at at the Galveston Railroad Museum.

We spent a lot of time exploring inside the different types of train cars. I liked the Pullman car, but I really loved the mail car. 

There was also a lot of histoical elements that really offered a hand-on learning element, such as railroad nails, journals, china and more.

I highly encourage you to check out the museum if you are in Galveston, it is such a unique place to visit and explore and the staff is very knowledgeable. Lil Monkey is a fan of the HUGE model train set that will run at the push of a button, so be warned, you could get stuck there for a while as well, watching that train go around, and around, and around, and around ... 

Until our next cup of tea ...

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