Archive for September 7th, 2009

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Cool Train Stuff

September 7, 2009

In my last post I wrote about a visit to the New York Museum of Transportation. I decided it really needed it’s own post, so here goes!

I will, for the most part, let the pictures do the talking…

museum-sign

It was a gorgeous day!

puffy-clouds

cattail-field

Some of the cars inside the museum are set up to allow people to walk into them.

car-skeleton

The following 3 pictures are from a 1914 car, Car 157,  with a very interesting story. I was very impressed with the beautiful mahogany trim!

heater

old-interior

shade-detail

The rest of the pictures were taken at Industry Depot. I just felt some of them needed to be in black and white!

engine

kodak

horns

kodak-engine

luggage

red-caboose

refrig-car

These last two were taken inside the depot building. I was so impressed with the details on the seats. The entire building was finished in the same way that the corner I have shown was. I was just impressed with the attention to detail here! Definitely from another time!

station-chairs

woodwork

This is the other track-car. I showed a picture of one in the previous post. You sit on the orange seats in the front and ride in the open air. It was quite exhilarating! I would not want to do this with small children. It is a little too open…with no seatbelts!

track-car

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Sarah’s 14th Birthday

September 7, 2009

I can’t believe my girl is 14! I vividly remember, as though it was recent, her birth. The circumstances surrounding her arrival were odd! I was supposed to start classes at Buff. State the day she was born, Jeff was still in Buffalo but I was staying with his parents so I could deliver in Rochester instead of Brockport, she was 3 days late and the doctor was set in induce when my water broke, and Ari came to visit me in the hospital and wound up staying and witnessing Sarah’s very quick arrival. Poor Ari!

To celebrate her birthday, Sarah asked us to surprise her. Jeff and I looked around for something different to do and finally came up with the New York Museum of Transportation. We had never been there, but talked about it looking like a neat place. At one point during our visit Jeff remarked that he couldn’t believe we had never been to this place that is practically in our back yard. It is about 10 minutes from our house, but is only open on Sundays. It really is an awesome place!

We rode an electric trolley to Midway station.

midway-station

Then we got on one of two track-cars (the smaller vehicle in the picture above), and rode to Industry Depot. At the depot, there were many train engines and cars.  Some of the cars were set up with pictures and information of RR stuff. After touring the Industry Depot, it was back onto the track-cars and up the track to meet the trolley, then back to the museum. I will post separately all the pictures of the museum and Industry Depot.

After our adventure at the museum, we went back to our house so Sarah could open her presents, then we went out for dinner at Tokyo. Sarah announced at the end of dinner that she had a really good time and very much enjoyed her birthday. Yay! Success!

sarah-laughing

This picture is so typical of my girls. Someone said something to Sarah making her laugh, while whatever was said made Erin roll her eyes, then close them and put her head in her hand and probably groan about it. If you know my kids well, I am sure you can imagine this. I am just impressed I managed to capture it in a photo!