If you do not know my very active 3 year-old, he loves trains. Well actually, “love” is an understatement. Eats, sleeps, and breathes them would be more like it. My mom told me about this Train Day in San Antonio over the weekend, so we decided we would give it a try not knowing what we were going to experience. Let me just tell you that I would recommend it to anyone, young and old. We had such a great time!
The event was actually held at the Amtrak station in San Antonio. It was held to commemorate the 40th birthday of Amtrak. This Amtrak train has been traveling around the U.S. since October, where it started in Washington state. It is on the last 4 legs of its journey where it will end up in Tampa, Florida by the end of February. There were 3 passenger cars connected together that had a historical museum inside focusing on the last 40 years of Amtrak.
Luke loved to play with the old train whistles and pretend he was driving the train. There were items that represented each decade, like old seating, badges, model trains, and clothing. Boy have the fashions of the conductors and crew changed over the last several decades. There were also 3 other Amtrak sleeper cars that you could walk thru. I think we walked thru those cars at least 5 times. He loved climbing up the stairs and taking a look into the sleeper cars. I think we will be planning a train trip soon. 🙂 Anyone taken the Amtrak train before? Suggestions?
San Antonio is also restoring an old steam locomotive, SP794. The conductor told us that they will be fully restoring it very soon so that they will be able to provide excursions in the area on this old steam locomotive. Its current home is in front of the Amtrak station where it greets guests as they arrive and is covered in white lights during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
Freight trains also passed through the depot several times while we were there, and Luke was just mesmerized by them all. The picture below shows him watching two trains pass each other in opposite directions. We had never been that close to moving trains, which was about 20-30 feet.
If you or a loved one has any interest in trains and live anywhere near the last 4 stops of this Amtrak, this is a great event to attend. We give it TWO THUMBS UP!