|J and girls headed to the train|
It is nestled on an old train bed/tracks next to the Meramec river. It shares space with a paved/gravel hiking/biking trail which is part of the Meramec Greenway project. You will see lots of bicyclist, walkers, and hikers as you ride the train.
The train is about 3 foot tall and a little over 12" wide.(12 gauge... hey, I'm not a train person so it went right over my head the first time). It's basically wide enough for one adult and one kid to site next to each other. They have steam engines and electric. There's nothing like the steam blowing and the sound that it makes though.
|Turning the engine around to attach to the train cars|
The first train leaves out at 11:00am so we usually try to get there at 10:30 so we can be in line. This past visit we got there about 10:45 and by 11 the little waiting area was full and some folks were going to have to wait for the next one. I believe they have 3-4 locomotives but I only saw 2 or 3 lines of train cars to ride in.
On this visit, we went with our friends:Scott, Laura , HG, and DG from D.I.Y. Couple. Scott and J have been friends since high school. K loves HG and Scott. S , well, she doesn't really play with others yet. (maybe she's the quiet one)
|K and HG waiting for the train|
It's about a 2 mile ride(back and forth) through he woods, next to some bluffs and along the river until you get to the point where they have to stop and switch the engine from the front to the back of the train and then you just turn around in your seat and you are ready to go back. The ride and the turnaround took about an hour but it seems to vary every time we go. We even had to wait for a bit while the electric train passed us.
The kids had a blast and of course as soon as it was over wanted to ride again but we got them to leave with the promises of lunch and a playground. Since we had friends along, I got a good picture of the family and I don't look totally yuck in it. I definitely recommend this one for anyone, little or big.
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