Trains and Thomas the Tank Engine: The Obsession
So to feed, or not to feed, my son's mild trains and Thomas the Tank Engine obsession? I let him watch the Thomas DVDs only half the time he asks, only because I really prefer most other kiddie DVDs to Thomas. Like, I prefer almost every other DVD we own to Thomas. I guess I'm just not that into trains. But I have found a very nice way to enjoy my son's mild train obsession without losing my own mind or constantly tripping over tracks in my never-clean house. The Carnegie Science Center. One of their year-round exhibits is the Miniature Railroad & Village, which has been open for over 90 seasons! My son loves it, and every time we go to the Science Center, we go around the exhibit an average of 2.5 times...
The exhibit is also very rich with historical significance. I tend not to care much about history, as a subject it was never my thing, but to read the story boards around the perimeter and see the bits and pieces of history captured within the exhibit, history is suddenly much more interesting. For example, one of the scenes that caught my attention is the Sharon Steel Mill. In the past western Pennsylvania had it's fair share of steel mills, and the Sharon Steel Mill was one in Mercer County, about two hours north of Pittsburgh. The reason that the Sharon Steel Mill display caught my eye, was that my dad's dad, who died when I was very young, worked at Sharon Steel Mill as a metallurgical engineer. So the Sharon Steel Mill, which was demolished in the 1990s, is not only a part of the history of western Pennsylvania, but a bit of my own family's history as well.
|Isaiah intently watching tiny people dancing inside the house.|
And if you have a little (or big) boy who is obsessed with trains, you simply must see the amazing Miniature Railroad & Village at the Carnegie Science Center, and you had better go soon! The Miniature Railroad & Village is available year round, except for a time of maintenance in the fall, that begins at the end of September. During the maintenance period, a new historical model is built and debuted on Black Friday. The Miniature Railroad & Village is truly a masterpiece, and your train lover will be delighted with the sights and sounds of this wonderfully detailed exhibit.
|Isaiah blowing the train whistle.|
|Isaiah examining how the animation works!|
|Real water, with a real boat!!|
|Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in the fall.|