The fall of 2009, we decided to head east to along the first interstate in America, I-70. We once again headed across the wide Mississippi into Illinois and we found a sign along the highway talking about the first State Capitol of Illinois, we pulled off and what did we discover that a former mainline ran right next to the former capitol in a depressed section.
The rails are still shining, but, did not see any trains go by during our hour tour of the capital.
Back on the interstate, we found the town of Greenup. I was very surprised how well the town had preserved depot.
We stay the first night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel inside the Indianapolis Union Station. The station still serves AMTRAK by way of the tracks on the southside. The Union Station was transformed into a mall, which like most intercity malls has fizzled. The Crowne Plaza took over what remains and turned it into meeting rooms. The old northside trainshed still has the tracks that have old pullman cars that were pulled in and the rest of the hotel built around them. The Pullman car suites have all the modern comforts of a hotel, just fit inside half of the car. The images of passengers from days gone by, still wander the halls in forms of plaster cast figureines.
The next morning we headed to Conner’s Prairie, which is best Interactive Living History Farm, I have ever been to. Then we headed to Columbus, Ohio, after spending 90 minutes at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. The next day we started the day at the Wheeling, West Virginia Zoo. Yes, I said Zoo. Why would I include a zoo in a train story you asked? This zoo has one of the largest collection of model trains and scencs.
That night we drove from Wheeling, WV, all the way to Roanoke, Virginia. We wanted to see the world famous Virginia Museum of Transportation. Boy, was Mrs. Shuttletrain, excited to see all the pieces of the museum.
On the way back home, we stopped in one of the most railroad heritage spots in the country, The C&O Heritage center, in White Sulpher Springs, WV
The final stop on this wandering was Hinton, West Virginia.
Thanks for wandering. Come back soon.