Easter weekend brought the grandsons home for a visit. Laurel and I took Good Friday off of work so we could have a long weekend. Our son-in-law, Jeremy, also did the same. We made plans to meet Jeremy, Becca and the boys in the Twin Cities about noon at Bandana Square. We received a text in the morning stating that they were leaving home and we would do the calculation and time our departure. Becca and Jeremy live in Waterloo Iowa and is about a 3-1/2 hour drive to the cities. For us it was a little over an hour. Laurel and I finished a few last minute cleaning details in the morning before we left home.
Laurel and I made the drive to the cities and found our way to Bandana Square. We pulled into the parking lot and looked for a stall. We spotted Becca and Jeremy’s vehicle as they were also looking for a parking stall. We ended up parking next to each other. Laurel and I got out of our car and walked over to greet our grandsons and family. After our greetings we made our way into Bandana Square.
The reason why we made plans to go to Bandana Square is because it is the home of the Twin Cities Model Railroads Museum. Our grandsons love playing with their wooden train sets at home and Zach is the king of train time. Zach can spend hours pushing his wooden locomotives around the tracks. We made our way to the second floor and entered the museum.
As soon as we paid our admission Zach quickly made his way over to the edge of the layout. The layout is encircled by a metal handrail. The railing has a 2X6 board attached to it about 16 inches off the floor so the youngsters can stand on and see the layout. The first train glided by Zach. His eyes opened wide and he pointed his little finger over the layout and shouted “Train!”
The layout had several trains were running at the same time so a train was passing by Zach quite often. The scale of the layout is O gauge. The layout’s main focus is on the rail infrastructure of Minneapolis and St Paul in 1880’s. The layout features the flour mills, the Stone Arch Bridge and the St Anthony Falls Hydroelectric plant. It also features many other aspects of railroad history in St Paul and Minneapolis.
We spent about an hour and a half at the museum and the kids had a blast. Carter had a good time and as did AJ, even at a the age of 1-1/2. The boys also found an old locomotive bell mounted to the floor for the visitors to play with. The museum had removed the clapper and replaced the clapper with a hex nut leaving soft bell tones in the air. The boys had fun ringing the bell. When we were finished we all head out for lunch and then made the short drive over to iconic Como Zoo to visit the wildlife.