Friday Reads: Rail U.S.A. Museums and Trips
So I might be stretching the meaning of the word “reads” in this “Friday Reads” blog by featuring an illustrated map and guide set, rather than a book; but I am really happy with this new arrival, so I want to share the news. Anyone remotely interested in trains or know a child who is, will want to keep reading.
We have recently received Rail USA Museums and Trips. It is a set of three large, illustrated maps of the United States featuring 425 railroad museums, depots, scenic railroads, dinner trains, model layouts, miniature railroads, historic sites and trolley and train-watching locations. The three maps cover the eastern states, the central states and the western states. The front, a typical road map with major highways, features little red train icons for all 425 points of interest and several lovely watercolor illustrations of selected sites. I was very pleased to see a picture of the beautiful Chatham Railroad Museum on the Eastern States map.
The back of the maps list all of the points of interest, state-by-state. The listings include icons to quickly explain what features are available (for example: museum, depot, historic site, excursions, dinner train) and if the site has layouts, it notes what they are. Did you know Bay State Model Railroad Museum in Roslindale has layouts HO, HOn3, N and O-scale? Of course the listings also include street addresses, telephone numbers and web addresses so you can make your plans. Since hours and admission prices are subject to change, they are not included. You can get the most up to date information by visiting the website or calling.
I highly recommend this set to rail enthusiasts as well as parents and grandparents who are looking for something to do with the kids during these crisp fall weekends and during school breaks. There are 19 sites in Massachusetts alone, four in nearby Rhode Island and 18 in New Hampshire. If you are planning a vacation further away, you can consult these maps to see what attraction you might want to add to your itinerary. Going to Pennsylvania? You’ll be overwhelmed by the choices. California? You could spend two weeks visiting only railroad sites and not get halfway through them all. You can find Rail USA Museums and Trips on the new nonfiction shelf, for the moment anyway with call number 917 RAI. Have fun!