My mom got a hold of me last week and asked if we wanted to go on a surprise train ride with my dad on Sunday. Sure! Why not? I've never ridden on a real train before. Subways and things like that, sure but not a real train on the railroad. I was curious. Most of all though, I was really excited to spend the day with Logan, my brother and my dad. I didn't know much about this train ride at all except that it was all day long, going to Lafayette and back and that we were riding in the dome car.
When we showed up bright and early I was in awe of this train. It is the historic 765 steam engine. A working, beautiful steam engine straight out of the 40's. It was majestic to say the least! All of the cars were different and from various eras. Logan and went through many of them and I absolutely loved seeing how different each one was. They hadn't changed anything about them and preserved them perfectly. Our dome car was from the 50's and beautiful. The view down to Lafayette in the fall was perfection. Changing leaves, rivers, pumpkin patches, barns, corn fields and lakes.
You know what I really loved about riding on that train though? It's not like a cramped airplane where everyone hates the person sitting next to them, are clinging to any piece of technology they can find, worried about a screaming baby or the rude flight attendant. Riding on this train took a group of strangers, from all walks of life, some young, some old and turned them all into people with something in common. I watched people's faces as they got on the train and even I did the "oh god, this person is going to be a nightmare to sit next to". By the end of the trip it was the complete opposite. To be able to experience that along with riding on such a beautiful piece of history was something I will always remember and am so thankful I had the opportunity to do with my family.
Check out the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society to learn more about the train and what these guys do. They put in 10 years of blood sweat and tears to bring this beauty back to life. Thank you so much to Kelly for being awesome as usual and giving us this amazing experience!