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Inflatable train a huge hit at Railroad Heritage Days

Event at South Burhans Boulevard museum included Engine 202 in City Park

May 19, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Hgerstown Roundhouse Museum member Shawn Poling ran several G-scale model trains Sunday afternoon during Railroad Heritage Days in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Kids couldn’t get enough Sunday of a 59-foot-long inflatable train at Railroad Heritage Days.

Going through the bouncy train time after time, kids were smiling whether they were stepping, crawling or falling out of the opening in the locomotive’s face.

“He loves trains,” said Hagerstown resident Eddie Oliver, 31, of his son, Zac, 5.

Zac said his favorite part of the inflatable train was the slide. After going through the train nine times, Zac was raring to go for another trip, or two, or three.

“The kids love it,” said Crystal Sprecher, chairwoman for this year’s Railroad Heritage Days for the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.

On Saturday, there was a continuous line of children going into the inflatable, she said.

Sprecher estimated 400 people came by Saturday and she was expecting about the same amount of people Sunday.

The inflatable was set up outside the museum with other activities and vendors.

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Railroad Heritage Days included Engine 202 in City Park.

New at the roundhouse museum site this year was the inflatable train, plus a Lego scene and trains that were at the museum for the weekend, courtesy of the Washington Metropolitan Area Lego Club, Sprecher said.

The Lego scene featured an amusement park, as well as the larger train scene with some plastic dinosaurs wreaking havoc. One dinosaur appeared to be munching on a Lego person, while another had caused a train wreck.

Other train layouts included the elaborate Trains of Christmas inside the museum and a track set up outside under a tent.

Deshawn Miller, 4, of Spring Mills, W.Va., was playing with a wooden train set in which the cars connect via magnets.

“This is his thing,” said Deshawn’s father, Tim.

Earlier, the Miller family watched a real CSX train go by the South Burhans Boulevard museum while Deshawn was sitting on his dad’s shoulders.

Hagerstown resident Tony Resnick, 23, said his son, Vincent, 2, went on the old Western Maryland locomotive 132.

“He had a lot of fun blowing the horn. It scared him at first,” Resnick said.

Karen Trumpower said her granddaughters — Lea, 6, and Layla, 4, — often watch real trains go by City Park, near where Trumpower lives.

On Sunday, they were among the line of kids running from the exit of the inflatable train back to the entrance for another go.

Parents, grandparents and other adults were watching the kids make their way through the bouncy train by peering through plastic windows.

Richie DeVore was watching his grandson, Riley Frenkel, 2, go through the inflatable train. The pair visited the museum three weeks ago and came back Sunday for the festival.

“He likes the trains,” said DeVore, of Hagerstown.

Some adults got in on the act.

Sam Buhrman, 29, of Hagerstown, went through the inflatable train with his 20-month-old son, Deacon.

Deacon was wearing a shirt that read “little brother,” while his twin brother, Jaxon, who is seven minutes older, was wearing a shirt that said “big brother.”

“I went through the bouncy house, too. It was fun,” said the twins’ mom, Brittany Buhrman.

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