Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kyoto steam train museum!

The kids didn't have school today (it is the end of the school year, tomorrow is the last day of school for about 2 weeks!) so we went to the train museum in southwest Kyoto. It took us a while to get to Kyoto station on the Keihan railway and then the Tozai subway and then the Karasuma subway line. We figure, if we're going to a train museum, we can take a train there.  When we got to Kyoto station, we ate lunch (onigiri and bread/pastries from a bakery) and then walked about 3/4 mile along the JR train tracks (we saw lots of trains and shinkansen rolling by).  The train museum has a steam train you can ride (but we missed the time by about 5-10 minutes so we'll have to go back) and about 15 old steam engines. Apparently 5 or 6 of them are in working order.  You can walk in to the cabs of about 5 of the engines and turn valves and pull things.  Pretty neat.  The main museum has some videos (one in English) and a coal shovel you can practice using, and another train to sit in.  Here are some pictures and movies of the kids running the train.

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