Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Friday, April 26, 2013

Can you hear that whistle blowing!



Our grandson was very excited about his sixth birthday party.  Most of the excitement centered around the fact that is was going to be a surprise party-his very first one!  He, of course, was trying to get everyone and any one to spill the beans.  We all employed various fabrications to put him off.  I kept telling him that we were going to go to the county jail to share a lunch with some of the prisoners, so that he would appreciate the importance of being a good boy.  He was definitely not buying that.

In any case, as we pulled into the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga as a successful surprise to Aleister.  First there was lunch in the dining car "Greenville" which started service in 1950.






Next we had a quick tour of the engines and cars in the museum outside display.  Clearly, he continues to like large powerful equipment.







We then had to rush to take a ride on one of the museum's active trains.  We traveled to the repair and maintenance yard for a tour of the repair facilities and a demonstration of how the engine turntable works.  It is safe to say that he had a great time.  








13 comments:

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

He liked all that machinery, eh? A future Snipe in the making? ;c)

What a cool birthday party!!!

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

How cool is that wow I want my next birthday there.

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Oh, I love that cake! I am sure it is a birthday he will never forget. I also have a feeling that the adults had a great time too.

Gypsy said...

What a great idea for a birthday party! I always loved riding the trains and still do.

Sherry said...

What a great birthday for him! He will remember that one forever. And so will everyone else I bet. Hats off to the one who had the idea. I love your header picture!! They are precious.

Jim and Sandie said...

Now that is my idea of a perfect birthday.

Gail Houle said...

That is my idea of a great birthday too...and I'm a girl! :)

Rick Doyle said...

That's what I call a perfect surprise Birthday Party for a 6 year old. Heck, it would be a great party for a sixty-something year old too!

Campobellosightseeing.blogspot.com said...

Hey, one of these rail cars would make a great RV. :-) Of course one would have to stick to the ....rails!

Wanderin' said...

What a wonderful day for the 6 year old!! Nothing beats a surprise part and a train ... both together. It's wonderful seeing them enjoying the events so much.

Bob and Jo said...

What a great birthday party.

E Squared and Mui said...

A birthday to remember for sure. When my nephew was just a couple of years old, he and his family came to visit us in DC. We took a day trip to Atlantic City on the train, something he has never forgotten. It started an interest in trains that led to a collection of Thomas the Tank Train cars, and culminated with a 1500-piece puzzle of a train engine that he completed and framed to hang in his bedroom when he was much older.

Laura said...

It is a good thing your surprise wasn't de-railed...

That's a party sure to be remembered. Lunch must have been awesome, and a train ride to boot!