By Deb Flomberg
The history of transportation can actually be a very fun history to explore. With giant locomotives, huge trucks and many of cars to see, there are a lot of different ways to explore the various transportation histories. Travel Town is one museum that is filled with not only great historical information, but also a lot of fun, and it’s the perfect destination for an afternoon of family fun time.
Travel Town started out in 1947 as the brainchild of William Frederickson Jr., who realized that many children had never been able to get an up-close look at an airplane. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until 1952 that his dream became a reality, when the first actual Travel Town exhibit was purchased. It wasn’t an airplane, but a huge locomotive engine that had recently been retired from use. Today, that first exhibit still stands proudly as visitors can check out the engine’s cab, look at the controls and even tug the big brass bell cord.
A visit to Travel Town today will show a lot more than just one locomotive though, as it is now home to many other great travel exhibits. You’ll find a 44-passenger street car, a 76-year old dray, a kerosene tank wagon, a caboose, a Japanese fighter plane, a field fire truck, and so much more. The museum is still open to the public, free of charge, and kids love climbing in all the different locomotives and exploring what travel was all about.
While you are there, make sure to take some time to ride the miniature train, which will take you on a trip around the museum itself. You’ll also want to find time to take a guided tour, led by a very knowledgable docent. You’ll get to visit a dining car, a pullman sleeper or even the famous Little Nugget club car.
This family fun time is made even more perfect when you set out in the 2013 G550 SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll be thrilled to have so much room for the whole family (and maybe even a few friends as well) plus you’ll all be traveling in pure elegance and comfort. This SUV is the best accompaniment to a day out as a family, as you all enjoy the luxury that is the Mercedes-Benz.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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