One of our favorite pasttimes is to sit at train stations and watch trains come in or leave. The station down by our house is an open air one and has trains coming about every 15 minutes. The main station downtown is covered but is the "end of the line" so he can't see them really pass by. One of the girls' friends used to live in a town called Bischofsheim. When we would take her home, we would drive over a bunch of train tracks. I noticed that there seem to be trains coming in and out all the time. I suggested to Brian one day to do that as an outing for them. They stayed for 2 1/2 hours and Spencer still didn't want to leave. There are trains coming in and out almost every 1 or 2 minutes, and sometimes a few at a time. Passenger trains AND cargo trains. So of course this is Spencer's dream come true. And there was no charge for parking, so this has been a great go-to, and free, activity for us to do. If you look in the picture below, there's also a covered walkway that goes over the trains so you can look at them from below, or hide in there when it's raining.
My friend Jenni Bushman's parents live here and so her sister, Kim, came to visit. Kim has a son named Clark who loves trains just about as much as Spencer does. He's 5 and the boys hit it off straight away. They already started calling each other "my best friend." Spencer was pretty sad when Clark had to go back to America.
|From this point of view, the kids can see what's inside the car (unfortunately I didn't get a good picture of inside a freight car, but you get the idea.)|
|Practicing for the rain. I kept saying, "Tut, tut. It looks like rain." Nobody knew what I was referring to. :) I went right home and reminded Spencer of when he loved Winnie the Pooh.|
|Explaining to us that his favorite train car is the boxcar and the freight car.|
|Getting really excited for the trains coming.|
|Til next time Clark! We'll miss you until then.|