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2009 Train Festival in Owosso

Today was the Train Festival in Owosso. We really did not know what to expect but it was a great deal of fun for all of us. They had a bunch of different trains there of various types to go though. They also had a huge number of different layouts of various types and sizes. This includes a few put up by the host Steam Railroading Institute.

One of the coolest things was the Leviathan 63. It is a newly built train based on 1860s designs. It is the kind of train you think of when you picture a steam locomotive. They had it going around the turntable. The kids certainly got a kick out of it.

They had a few other things as well. The vendor tent was mostly for model railroaders but there were a few fun displays. The one that stuck out the most was the Lego train layout. I had no idea they had train pieces.

Another fun thing was they had a ride-on train layout that we were able to go on. It wasn't huge, obviously, but I've seen them around and it was something to do. You do have to be careful, they are tippy. Now if it was owned by someone we knew. Than we could have had some real fun with it. :-)

We did not go on any of the train rides because of both the cost and the likelihood that the kids would just be bored. Although I would like to thank the total stranger who gave us two tickets to get into the thing. It saved us a bundle of money and those tickets didn't go to waste.

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