Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Marvelous Mainland Vacation - Last day! (part 1)

All I can say about these pictures is that this was my train boys' version of heaven.   Mama was able to get us into the Union Pacific Steam shop for a private tour.  We had a blast!  So many trains! and cabooses! and coaches! and the turn table! Mama! Mama! Mama!   These pictures are not in order.

This was the snow blower train which made such an impression on Jimmy it is one of his favorite things to draw now... and our very kind and patient tour guide.
The stars of the show we were most excited to see, the 3985 "challenger"
and the 844 "Big Boy" the two remaining (?) steam locomotives of their size still in operation.
Another engine under restoration...
This was the most still Jimmy would stay for a picture right now, sitting in the cab of the 844.

Headed over to the round house this coach parked out side caught our eye.

And then the snowblower was the center of fascination.

You can just make out the outside curve of what is left of the roundhouse.

Trucks way bigger than the ones in our yard!
And the turntable!
Jimmy was tickled they had a green caboose.

We also stopped to see the Merci Car for Wyoming. This was more interesting for Mama since she talks about it on her train rides. It was nice to see a restored one.
Up next... Part 2 - Bison!

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