Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Day Out with Thomas

On Thursday morning we got up bright and early and headed down to Lancaster County to the picturesque Village of Strasburg and its famous Strasburg Railroad.  We had heard that Thomas the Tank Engine was in town, and he is a pretty popular icon in our home.  Sabastian was on a missions trip, so it was Jonathan, Benjamin, Nathaniel, and I on this particular adventure.  We also met up with my mom there, which was a treat.  We had to park a little ways away from the railroad itself, and the first excitement of the morning for the little boys was their very first school bus ride!  Jonathan, of course, was less than impressed since he rides one every day of the school year!

After getting our tickets, we got in line to wait for our boarding time.  I love this photo of Nathaniel waiting so expectantly to see Thomas!  What a change from last summer when he was scared to death on the steam engine ride in New York...what a difference a year makes!

Finally Thomas appeared and we could board for our 22 minute ride!  We had a beautiful day for this adventure, and the scenery around Strasburg is some of the best in Lancaster County.  We couldn't have asked for a better day!

Here are a couple of photos from inside the train.  The family next to us was gracious enough to take our photo for us, which we then reciprocated.  Jonathan and my mom sat together on one side of the facing bench seats in the beautiful restored coach, while I sat with the little boys on the other side.

After the ride, we ate a picnic lunch that we had brought, and then the little boys went on the little crank cars three times in a row!  They were pretty good at it!  By the time that was done, Nathaniel was getting a bit cranky himself, so we called it a day.  But what a fun day it was!


LizzieJane said...

Oh what a fun little train! I bet the boys just loved it... and you too of course!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it was! The heat wave has come in now but that day and the lovely breeze was wonderful. Thanks for inviting me to go along!