BRISTOL - All aboard! On Wednesday morning, hundreds of guests attended Railroad Day at Imagine Nation and celebrated the museum’s last summer workshop of the season.
“We have a trackless train from Roaming Railroad here, and we have members from the Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston who are doing special indoor activities with the kids,” explained Heather Grace, the marketing manager at Imagine Nation.
Doreen Stickney, the development director at Imagine Nation, was inspired to have a train-themed workshop four years ago.
“We really wanted to teach children about trains and transportation,” Stickney said. “It’s also great collaborating with the Railroad Museum of New England, who has come every year since we started Railroad Day.”
President of the Railroad Museum of New England, Steve Casey, provided fun activities for children, including singing songs like “This Land is Your Land” and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” reading train-related storybooks and showcasing train models. Some children even got to dress up like railroad workers, complete with safety vest and conductor hat. But the biggest attraction at Railroad Day was the trackless train that looped around the Imagine Nation parking lot.
“Our trackless train ride started at 10 a.m., and we’ve already had hundreds of guests attend and ride the train,” said Grace.
One of the train-ride-goers was Eileen Gondeck of Burlington, who brought her two-and-a-half-year-old grandson, Max.
“We’re members with Imagine Nation and we saw the Railroad Day posting on Facebook, and we knew Max would love it, since he has a bunch of a wooden train sets at home. He liked the train ride, but he got a little scared,” laughed Gondeck. “So now we’re just sitting here and letting him watch the train go around and around because I’m sure he’ll want to go on it again before we leave.”
Gondeck said that this was her first time attending Railroad Day at Imagine Nation, but loved how busy the museum was.
“It’s very busy at the museum today, but that’s ok because it exposes Max to a lot of other children and it will give him an idea on how to interact with other kids once he starts preschool,” said Gondeck.
Imagine Nation is located on 1 Pleasant St., in Bristol. For more information about their upcoming programs and workshops, visit their website at https://www.imaginenation.org/ or give them a call at 860-314-1400.
Kayla Murphy can be reached at 860-801-5065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.