I can’t say that we are really train-people… you know the ones with bucket-lists of excursion trains to ride… or who meet up with other train enthusiasts at a location to await the arrival of a specific engine, and line up with cameras and tripods.
Hobbies are great.
We are a bit more of the train novelty fans. If we happen to be in a location where a historic train ride occurs, we are ready to board. Even better with the scenery is great and wine is served.
For a continuing education workshop earlier this year, we spent a weekend in the Lancaster, PA. One evening we had dinner at Casey Jone’s restaurant, which is part of the Red Caboose Motel. A couple of dozen retired cabooses were brought here, retrofitted into motel rooms, and lined up on railroad tracks. A dinning car became the restaurant.
Within view of the deck of the motel is the Strasburg Rail Road, a one-hour excursion ride into the eastern corn fields of Amish fame. On a hot, muggy July day, we decided that a few extra dollar for the swivel chairs in the air conditioned, First Class Lounge were hospitable. Once on board, we were offered wine, cheese and fruit (for an extra fee). How civilized.