BRISTOL - A train whistle was heard coming from outside Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center early Thursday afternoon as groups of children and families waited to take a spin on the Roaming Railroad.
A light-blue and red train with wheels carrying kids and families circled the museum’s back parking lot for Railroad Day, which featured the Railroad Museum of New England and the Roaming Railroad.
The event was part of a series of events the museum lined up through the summer for members, students and the public. All the events are “focused on movement,” explained Sara Castle, assistant director of Imagine Nation.
“Roaming Railroad and the Railroad Museum of New England are wonderful, collaborative partners,” Castle said. “Every class there is today is taking a ride, which includes about 118 kids and about eight infants and toddlers, in addition to members of the public.”
Director of development and marketing at the museum, Doreen Stickney, noted that the museum was busy throughout the afternoon with a steady flow of kids waiting for rides and “enjoying a wide array of different activities.”
“There has been a line of kids waiting for a ride all day and enjoying the studios inside that are all open today,” Stickney said. “It’s been a popular event and there have been kids and families here since it began.”
A group of kids waited in anticipation to take a spin around the parking lot on “the trackless train” as Dan Decosmo the owner of Roaming Railroad, which is based out of Suffield, explained this is the fifth time the train has come to the museum.
“It’s been a fun day and the kids are having a blast. They always do. Even parents will hop on for a ride,” said Decosmo. “We go to little events, larger events and birthday parties. Last week I was at the Southington library with the train.”
Also at the Southington library were Stephanie Pocock and her two kids who enjoyed the ride so much that when she saw the train was coming to the museum, they decided to attend the event.
“It’s fun for the kids and they liked it. You could see my kids waving while it was going,” Pocock said. “It’s an enjoyable train ride. We were at the Southington library last week when the train was there and took a ride. Then we decided to come here and do it again.”
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