Monday, December 29, 2014

West Oakland Railroad Museum is a great place for the family (W/. photo album)


 With scores of families and model trains to look at, there is no amount of hot chocolate that can offset the family having fun winter fun. The West Oakland Museum is a popular option for families that want to have an hour or two of family fun. For Seth Lampe and Paul Gribbell, it is a way to give back to a hobby they truly enjoy. "We have plenty of families that come and enjoy our trains."
You really need more than one visit to truly appreciate what is going on at the museum. There are so many exhibits at the museum that you will easily overlook the  recreated towns and even skinny dippers and hobo shacks.

   You truly have to come in and see the several dozen train tracks and the looks of multi-generation families that watch part of the past come alive. Seth Lampe, a volunteer at The West Oakland Museum said many of the cars were hand crafted and some of the trains cost money that can only be recouped in wonder, not in cost.

     Lampe also said The Railroad Museum is the home of the World's Longest Model Train and it was running over the span of a fourty-foot bridge. Thousands of train cars on dozen of tracks. It is a fun and inexpensive place to take your family. The train museum is open 11am-5pm through the holidays and Friday, Saturday and Sunday through March.
Here is a link to the photo story in the Oakland Press
http://www.smugmug.com/photos/guest/8h8VGv/RailroadMuseum

248-613-9471
8275 Cooley lake Road
Commerce Twp. 48382
 


I remember Cunninghams but not the shack next to it.