October 27, 2014

All Aboard! the Runaway Pumpkin Express Train

Last weekend we took advantage of the nice weather and hopped aboard Albany and Eastern's Runaway Pumpkin Express.  The Rick Franklin Corporation, that owns the tracks that run from Sweet Home, Oregon all the way to Albany, Oregon, runs a holiday express shuttle that will ride you from Lebanon to Sweet Home.  We hopped aboard the Pumpkin Express to see just how the ride was.

The view of the train passing by from our backyard.





Getting our genuine tickets to ride.


I fell in love with the vintage light fixtures in the train station.

The conductor was a very nice gentleman named Pat Patterson.

The lounge car was such a fun place to sit.  We imagined how many other train passengers had been in that very location when the train was operational back in 1950.


Skylar loved walking between the train cars, and the parlor car was very fascinating.  I was in vintage heaven through the entire trip. 

The private coach had private compartments, that weren't very big, but offered a long distance trip in privacy from the other passengers.


Each private, parlor car had it's own bench seat, and a personal toilet to each compartment. Of course, these parlor cars were only available to the well off that could afford them, at that time.




We passed by the Weldwood water tower.  This area was famous for it's logging and timber processing back in the late 40s and 50s.

Cheadle Lake

Cheadle Lake is home to this town's annual Strawberry Festival, and Fourth of July Celebration.

Skylar was loving that he could share his love of trains with other train enthusiast.

Pictured here on the right.


Such a great tour of the vintage train cars.  This company also provides a train that will run at Christmas time called, "Polar Express Train," of course!  
If you live in or around the Willamette Valley of Oregon, you can read more about this Santiam Excursion Train here!


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