Monday, 15 June 2015

Greenfield Village - Dearborn Michigan

Greenfield Village has a really nice railroad display that is well worth a stop if you are in the Detriot, Mi. area.
On the weekend I traveled to Southfield, Michigan to play basketball for our London team. It was a Masters tournament (ages 55-70) which had teams from as far away as Florida and California. Many of the teams had college stars and semi-pro player that played in Europe in the 1970's.

On Saturday we had a big gap in games so a group of us headed over to Greenfield Village a 15 minute drive away. An overcast day but well worth the trip for me as they have a great railroad shop area and live steam running...the photo captions tell the rest of the story...George Dutka

A steam powered train is seen passing the water tank as it loops around the park. There are many stops one can get on and off the train. I was with a group of 5 basketball players so I only took photos of the train when nearby our group. I did have my pocket camera to take photos. I noted that most people in the park taking photo did not have cameras...they are using their phones. In fact I don't recall anyone carrying a camera such as a Canon Rebel or anything along that line. I guess times are changing.
No this photo is not staged. One can ride a model T Ford as they are all over the park. This type of scene happens all around the park.
On the weekends they have an old time baseball game going on. When the train passes the game stops and they all wave at the passengers on the train. It was a cool thing to see. No gloves used in this game and the ball appeared to be hard.
One of the two active steam engines is about to pull away from the main station at the entrance gate late in the afternoon. The second steam engine and train was being fired up for a wedding train once the park closed at 5pm.
A going away view near the main gate. There are may photo locations behind the neat old building and farm setting if one has the time to take them all in. I can see a railfan type trip to here in the near future. The Henry Ford museum is also next door that also has a good size railroad display if a second day is available.

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