Planes (well, helicopters), trains & automobiles

Trains are one of Noah’s favorite things right now, so there was no better way to spend his birthday weekend than celebrating National Train Day on Saturday. Every year on National Train Day, visitors can tour various Amtrak and regional commuter trains at Union Station. We even got to tour the historic Wabash Cannon Ball train car. One of the Amtrak workers said that around 11,000 people toured the trains at Union Station on National Train Day in 2013. Yep, there are lots of train lovers out there!

We plan to take the Amtrak to Baltimore next month and visit the aquarium there. Noah is going to love it! In the meantime, he’ll have to settle for riding the Metro and playing with his toy trains at home. Ha.

Anyway, here are some of our favorite photos from National Train Day. Sorry for the poor quality; the photos are from my phone’s camera. If you look closely, you’ll notice that Noah had his blue Thomas train engine in his hands the whole time. Oh, and mark your calendars: National Train Day 2015 is on May 9th. All aboard!

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To continue on with tales of Noah’s love for all things on wheels, I also wanted to share some fun photos from last weekend’s Truck Touch event in Cheverly, MD. This particular Truck Touch event was a fundraiser for a local church’s preschool, but I’ve seen other Truck Touch events used to fundraise for a variety of causes. To quickly summarize a Truck Touch event, the sponsoring organization brings in a variety of vehicles (primarily BIG trucks) for kids to look at up close. They can sit in the driver’s seat, honk the horn, flash the lights, turn on the siren, and even walk through the larger trucks.

Some of Noah’s favorite vehicles were from the Prince George’s County Police Department. We saw a police car, motorcycle, SWAT truck and helicopter. Noah got to sit on the motorcycle (so cool!), but his favorite thing to see was definitely the helicopter. It was Ryan’s favorite too!

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Noah saw (and even sat in!) a variety of trucks: a dump truck, garbage truck, concrete mixer truck, tree trimming truck, utility line repair truck from Pepco, tow truck, semi truck from Safeway, and box truck from Cintas – so many trucks!

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We also saw a school bus, backhoe, RV, boat and even a police truck from the Secret Service. What a cool outing! We’re looking forward to taking Noah to more Truck Touch events later this summer. Beep beep!

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  1. Sandy Steen

    What an experience for all of you. There are so many things to see in a big area.

    Happy birthday Noah.

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