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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Matthew's first trip aboard VIA Rail

When the train blows its whistles, as it rolls through town, my younger children always say - there's your train, momma!  Yes, I went on the train once, and ever since the VIA has been all mine.


Last week my eight year old son, took his first trip with VIA Rail, and now the train belongs to only him.  I admit, he does have train-ing in his blood.  My brother is the biggest train aficionado around, so it is only natural for his nephew to feel that same enthusiasm about riding the rails.

As we waited on the platform last Wednesday morning, I knew my son was excited.  Yet, I was blown away by the pure look of wonderment that came across his face,  as the train came into our little country town and emerged through the roadway underpass.

Even as an adult, there is something about the power of a train that always commands attention. So, I can only imagine the feeling, being in my son's shoes, that early morning.

Matthew loved sitting in his window seat and watching as the countryside flashed by.  In fact, he took a camera with him to take pictures of the sights of the big city. Yet, when he returned home, all of his photos were of either of the inside of the train, or taken looking out his window.

What would you say was the highlight of the trip for my eight year old boy?

A trip such as this was a memory-maker for a lot of the children in my son's class.  For several of those kids this was their first experience with the passenger train.  I am sure that many of them, (like my son) was bit by the 'train bug' and found a new passion.  

The school children even gathered during the following day to pose for a picture, to send to VIA, as their little way of saying thank you for the Toronto Windsor ticket and for graciously welcoming them aboard.

Matthew's first trip on the train will certainly not be his last!  I think this was only the beginning of a beautiful relationship.


ter@waaoms said...

glad he had fun!!

we did a train trip for our kindergarten class, and my teacher made up a song for us to sing. so now of course after reading your post that song is in my head again. hahaha of course it comes to my head often when I see a train or pass by the town that we took the train to. :) I honestly do not remember anything else about that trip other than the train.

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

Wow! That sounds like a super fun trip!

OrangeHeroMama said...

I can't wait to take the train to Toronto for #SCCTO! It's been ages since i've been on the VIA!

NPC said...

OMG! That's so cute! I took my first train ride last year for Blissdom and Dell. Fun!!

Bonnie Way said...

Someday I want to ride the train. There's something so romantic about it. :) Last summer as we drove from BC back to Alberta, my daughter pointed out every train we saw. Since the highway follows the tracks, that was a lot of trains. :)

Just Us Girls said...

Great pictures! This sounds like so much fun. One day i'll get on a train and take a nice ride, the only one I've been on is the Thomas the Engine Train in St. Thomas, lol!

Fab Frugal Mama said...

I can't wait to take my little guy on his first train ride... he'll love it as much as your LO! Thanks for sharing!

Paula Schuck said...

We ride the train often here. Before that we went to pick my mom up from via often. My kids are used to it but it is still fun. I even did business class recently when I was speaking and that was sweet. My little sweet nephew though who is three loves loves loves train rides!! It is so fun to watch them at that age.