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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The CGW Railway Depot & Train

The next stop on our list is a cache hidden at the Chicago Great Western (CGW) Train and Railway Museum.  This is just another example of the little gems we find while geocaching.

All aboard!!!

The inside of the train was packed with memorabilia that you could pick up and touch.

These pieces of track were SO heavy that we couldn't lift them off the table...

Can you imagine rumbling through the countryside on one of these trains back in the 1800's?

After checking out the inside of the train we looked for the cache.  Based on where I'm sitting you can probably guess about where it was hidden.  I can honestly say that I've never seen a train from that perspective before.

Afterwards we went inside the Depot Museum.  

It was a train lovers dream!  Inside it was divided into 3 separate rooms and each was crammed from floor to ceiling with everything and anything that had to do with trains.  I think Chablis was flirting with this young man.....

The telegraph equipment was all set up and a tape was playing of an actual coded message.  Honestly, how did they determine the difference between a dot and adash  It all sounds like a bunch of tap, tap, taps to me!

The trains that served meals each had their own special silverware.  It was interesting to see the prices on the menu's from back then....

There were cases upon cases of all kinds of stuff.  Everything was very organized and well displayed.

They also had 9 working trains set up in different displays, complete with landscapes depicting different areas and towns in Illinois.  The trains ranged from very small models.....

To the largest model (called a G-scale model) which ran around the ceiling through 2 of the rooms....

They also had information on the Winston Tunnel.  Now abandoned and closed off, in its heyday it was the longest Illinois railway tunnel at 2493 ft. 

We really enjoyed touring the Depot and the Train.  The gentleman inside the Depot really liked his job and took his time walking around with us, running all the trains and giving us lots of information.  

If you're interested in trains, then you should stop here if you're ever in the area.  It's located in Elizabeth, Illinois.

See this post at Kim's blog SnugHarborBay


Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Kim I'm pretty CHUFFED to read this blog, being an ex-train spotter from the 60's, still got my 1962 British Railways Motive Power numbers book. It's good to do such caches, keeps you on the right TRACK and stops you going off the RAILS. Enjoyed all the pics as well.

CrazyCris said...

Fabulous! I have a friend here in Alicante who would love this spot... he's absolutely MAD about trains! :o)

BigAl said...

Nice post Kim. I love seeing trains and I have ridden numerous of them in my life. I really liked it. That's one reason I went on the train ride at the GeoWoodstock IX event. Great article.


CrazyCris and CacheCrazy kind of go well together, welcome! Thanks for checking us out and following!

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

My son would love this cache. He is a huge train buff.

gpc said...

What fun! I would love to have heard the telegraph, I wonder if I could have copied any of the message. :) I can see that Chablis's head was easily turned by a guy in a uniform, as is true for so many of us.

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Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

What a fun trip! I would have loved that, especially the museum in the depot! Such great history! In Sedalia, Missouri they have a train car that is a resturant and they have sort of a museum, it is pretty cool to get to eat inside of one.
Thanks so much for your recent visit and comment on my blog.
Have a great week,

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