Teddy Bear Tuesday: Steam Engines at Greenfield Village

Proof that we do go places other than Disney World (sometimes!): this weekend we dressed the bears up in their Train Conductor outfits and headed over to Greenfield Village to learn all about steam engines and railroad stuff! About two years ago we did a teddy bear trip to visit the Wright Brother's bicycle shop (also at Greenfield Village) and those photos are some of Viola's favorite in our Teddy Travels Scrapbook! 

The girls had a great time, learned a lot about old trains, Viola was picked to turn the roundhouse track, we saw the steam locomotive get filled with coal, rode the village train which is currently being pulled by Henry Ford's personal locomotive,... oh, and took lots and lots of pictures for the scrapbook, of course!  Enjoy! 

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Turns out, this is a steam tractor, not a steam locomotive.... 

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This one is definitely a train, not a tractor! While we waited for our turn to ride, we spent some time exploring the turn of the century station and set the bears to work unloading cargo...

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Did you know that a six-year-old can turn the roundhouse track all by herself! Over 40 tons! (Alas, bears are not allowed to turn the roundhouse track.)

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Underneath the engine, seeing how it all works! Did you know they have to bring the engine up to temp with firewood first before they can add coal? And it takes hours every morning?

Underneath the engine, seeing how it all works! Did you know they have to bring the engine up to temp with firewood first before they can add coal? And it takes hours every morning?

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In the engine compartment. Look at at all those gauges and there are several compartments for shoveling coal into!

In the engine compartment. Look at at all those gauges and there are several compartments for shoveling coal into!

After learning about how the engines work inside the roundhouse it was finally time for a train ride!

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Hobo Eva... (bears make great pillow!)

Hobo Eva... (bears make great pillow!)

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Waving to the pedestrians.

Waving to the pedestrians.

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A happy face at the end of a long, busy day! Btw, the hat she is wearing was mine when I was little and used to ride Amtrak when we travelled! They used to sell pins at the stations and I collected them for my OshKosh B'gosh hat and purse... if I recall correctly, I had a whole overalls set that I thought my mom had brought for the girls, but for the life of me I was unable to locate it this morning for our trip! I think the navy striped dresses were a pretty good improvise, don't you?