This weekend, we took Daughter Person to the Strasburg Railroad for a Day Out With Thomas. We stayed in Lancaster, PA at a Homewood Suites – which worked out well for us. We could put Daughter Person to bed in the “bedroom”, yet Dad and I could stay up in the “living room” until we were ready to go to bed. What didn’t work out so well was her sleeping in her own little cot – she preferred to be in the “big” bed – which was at least a king size bed, so Dad and I had some room to ourselves.
Daughter Person had a blast – and even I thought it was fun seeing all of the old steam trains. In addition to riding on “Thomas” (yes, the engine in the picture is the actual engine pulling the train), we also rode on the “normal” steam train to Paradise, PA. It was really interesting to see how slow the train was, it felt about 15-20 mph, and we even saw an Amish buggy going faster than the train at one point. I don’t know if that’s the top speed of the train, or if they go that slow to make the trip a 45 minute trip.
The tickets themselves weren’t horribly priced (~$92 for the combo ticket), but the “extras” were, lunch was $25 for the three of us – and it was sandwiches and hotdogs and fries. And we “had” to get the formal picture which turned out a lot better than our cell phone pictures, which was $17 with taxes. All in all, we spent about $500 for the weekend – tickets, hotel, gas, etc – all budgeted! I think it was $500 well spent to see Daughter Person’s face as she got to see “Thomas”.