Monday, December 15, 2008

Paradise Express

On Sunday Chris and I took the boys to the Strasburg Railroad for a train ride with Santa. My sister, Gale, and her two sons tagged along. We bought tickets for the 1pm train and we were on our way from Harrisburg to Strasburg by 11:15am. It is normally just over an hour drive from our house. About 10 minutes from our house we hit stop and go traffic. I thought we were going to be late! Fortunately there was a small fender bender holding up traffic and then a little further up the road was closed and we had to take a small detour. We made it to the railroad by 12:30. Just enough time to visit the potty, ride the little hand crank trains and get ready for our ride on the big train. The following pictures are in opposite order of when they happened because blogger uploads my pics in the wrong order and I don't have time to fix it right now!

This is the last thing we did. I took the 3 oldest boys for a train ride on the Cagney Train. Its basically a miniature steam engine. It takes you up and then it uncouples from one end, reattaches to the other end and pulls you back to the station. Its probably only about a 10 min ride. The kids loved every minute of it though.

I love this picture. It has to be one of the best pictures I have ever taken. It's a picture of my sister Gale and her 5month old son, Galen on the train.

The sun was in their eyes!

Jason and Grayson looking out of the train window while the big train uncoupled and reattached to the other end to pull us back. This is also in Paradise PA. The train takes you from Strasburg to Paradise. The total train ride is about 45 min.

The 3 older boys at the beginning of the ride with the little safes that Santa gave them. Each safe contained a railroad coin. Unfortunately every ride or activity costs at least 2 coins. They each kept their coins as keepsakes. They were shiny and new!

The three boys standing in front of the engine just before we left the station. We were in the first coach on the way there and the last coach on the way back.

Jason and Grayson with Santa on the train.

After our train rides we headed back to Harrisburg. We decided to take all the boys to Chuck E. Cheese for dinner and some more play time. I think the boys all had a fun, exhausting day.

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