Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Beckley, West Virginia

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Beckley, West Virginia is a city in the south central part of the state.  It is a city that has a few great tourist sites.  One of those sites is the Youth Museum.  It is an interactive museum with changing exhibits allowing children to interact with the real world as well as entertain.  Your children will have a great time visiting the Youth Museum.


Now some of you are saying, “This is wonderful.  It is great that kids love this place.  However, I am not a kid nor do I have kids.  I want to see trains.  Therefore, there is no reason for me to visit this place.”


That is a great point.  However, there is something amazing about this museum.  What is amazing?  The museum is housed in four box cars that were once used on the railroad.  You going inside and look through each car each with an…

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Winchester Little Theater, Winchester, Virginia

Fun read! What a neat idea and hope this little theater is able to continue for many ‘rides’.

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Come on in.  The show is about to start.  Take your seat.  The lights are about to dim, and the show is about to begin.  Enjoy the show.


Welcome to the Winchester Little Theater in Winchester, Virginia.  Located in downtown Winchester just a few blocks from the main downtown mall, the theater puts on shows throughout the year.  The next time you are in Winchester and want to see a show, make your way to this little theater.


Now some of you are saying, “Well isn’t that something?  You have a little theater in Winchester that puts on shows.  I love to watch a show from time to time, but it would be really nice to see something about the railroad.  Therefore, the shows at this little theater will be going on without me.”


You do have a point.  Why go to this little theater when it has nothing to…

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The Princeton Railroad Museum, Princeton, West Virginia

Another fun ‘trip’ with John Cowgill

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


Princeton, West Virginia is a small town in the southern part of the state just off Interstate 77.  As you take a drive through this town, you would seem to think that this is a small town like any other town.  It is the county seat of Mercer County and has a minor league baseball team in the Appalachian League.  It was the home of famous people to include Bob Denver from Gilligan’s Island, actors Sam Elliot and Jennifer Garner, Ken Kendrick, owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks and basketball hall of famer Rod Thorn.  What is special about Princeton, West Virginia?  The story is told in the old train depot.


On the outside, you see the depot, a red caboose painted to display the Virginian Railway and a speeder car.  On the inside, you will see over one hundred and fifty years of history of the railroad in the region…

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‘I See Trains’

My first train ride was from Reading, PA (now defunct) to Atlantic City, NJ with my grandmother. My grand pop was a mechanic on the Reading line, but long before that he was a teenage train hobo, living as best he could in the early 1900’s hopping the trains to get to whatever seasonal work was available. Train blood runs deep in my soul. Thank you, John!

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Do you see the trains?  Maybe you cannot see the trains because you are in a spot where you cannot see them.  If you could only get out to your favorite train watching spot and get a great seat to watch them.  You sit on your beach chair.  The trains come.  You count the cars.  You see the passenger trains, commuter trains, freight trains and excursions trains.  You see long trains and short trains.  Or, you can go see the model trains.  You stand back and watch the trains as they go around and around and around.  You take a walk to your town or city park, and you see the old locomotive or the old caboose enshrined as a gift to your community for everyone to see.  You want to climb on, but there are chains preventing you from doing so.  Besides, it may not be safe to climb…

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Lily Pads, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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Lily Padys Longwood Gardens Kennett Square PennsylvaniaThese  are  the  lily  pads  at  Longwood  Gardens  in  Kennett  Square,  Pennsylvania.

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Archway of Trees, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Always such good photos John!

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An archway of Trees Longwood Gardens Kennett Square PennsylvaniaAn  archway  of  trees  at  Longwood  Gardens  in  Kennett  Square,  Pennsylvania.

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Christmas Tree at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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Trains for the Holidays

Merry Christmas, Blessed Holidays and New Year to you also John!

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It is the normal thing at the end of the year.  You arrive at the train station.  You check your bags.  You wait for the train.  The train arrives.  You board the train and go to your seat.  The train departs the station.  You watch the scenery going by.  You arrive at your destination.  You get off the train.  You grab your bags.  You go to the place where you will be spending Christmas.  You exchange gifts.  You eat.  You then return to the station and take the train home.


It is the same thing every Christmas, but it is a routine that you are willing to do over and over again because you love the ones that you are spending Christmas with, and you love riding the train looking out at the landscape.  For you, the train ride may be the best part of Christmas. Take the time to…

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The Pagoda, Reading, Pennsylvania

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Old Train Station, Wernersville, Pennsylvania

Pretty close to my neck of the woods John… when I was a little girl, my parents had a home about 1/2 mile from this train station. Brings back memories.

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Old Train Station Wernersville PennsylvaniaThis  is  an  old  train  station  in  Wernersville,  Pennsylvania.

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