Here is a concept that would get you pretty close to Axel's ideal amusement park:
- Take a medium sized park with lots of grass and tall trees
- Have a ridable full sized steam strain circumnavigate the park every 5 minutes
- Equip the train station with a generous assortment of Thomas the Train paraphernalia
- Have a pavillion in the middle of the park with a 15 person German brass band playing oompa-oompa music non-stop
If you are thinking about building a park like this, don't bother because it already exists: Poway Midland Railroad Park. Today Axel and I made the 25 min. drive to Poway to check out this wonderous place. We were not disappointed.
For those that don't know, Axel talks about trains just about every.....well...all the time. Despite this most of his experiences with trains is of the toy variety. Today Axel saw his first real steam train and his reaction was a mixture of excitement, trepidation and utter bafflement. I don't think he was really prepared for all the noise, steam and loud choo-chooing.
Here is Axel seeing the train at first:
Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for kids. Here is Axel and me on the train:
It had never occurred to me before today, but traditional Bavarian music fits quite nicely with steam trains. Judge for yourself:
All in all, a great Sunday outing.