Celebrating Trains, Planes and Automobiles!

My husband likes anything with wheels, so we’ve managed to visit many different museums and historic sites dedicated to them, in our travels over the years.


We found the Sante Fe 5021 at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento on our recent road trip.

He spent hours inside the excellent museum, while I was in and out, then toured Old Town.

We once visited Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where I took this picture of Bob in front of Big Boy Steam Locomotive # 4012.

I also took his picture in front of Steam Train #2023 at Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta. In fact, we’ve visited several parks in Western Canada with steam trains, including one in Edmonton, where soon after we boarded Bob disappeared. A few minutes later he returned and said, “I hope you don’t mind. I’m going to ride up front with the engineer.” No, I didn’t mind, and the memory still makes me smile. πŸ™‚


There’s no shortage of planes at the Museum of Flight in our hometown of Seattle. To be expected I guess, since Seattle was the birthplace of the Boeing Airplane Company.

We found more airplanes at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in a less likely place – Hood River – where they were tucked in among the automobiles.

Planes and Automobiles

I enjoyed all the brilliant colors and shapes of the planes and cars displayed in the museum.

But not as much as Bob, who spends twice as long as I do, and reads all the fine print.

Fortunately for me, there are wonderful views of Mt. Hood next door while I bide my time. (He extends the same courtesy to me when I take twice as long when we visit gardens.)

By the way – do you know what all these pictures have in common besides the wheels?

Numbers! Thats why I’m sharing this with Sunday Stills.

~ Susanne

29 Comments on “Celebrating Trains, Planes and Automobiles!

  1. Wow Susanne, so many beautiful photos of beautiful machines! I looove airplanes and have been around antique cars for years since my father has been a car nut his entire life. He still has antique cars, thanks for the tour! ❀️

    • Thanks so much! The museum in Hood River was quite a surprise to us! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour! πŸ™‚

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  3. I get a wee bit bored with auto museums, but you make them look so interesting, Susanne! Love the pic of Mt Hood in the last shot. I also really love that green dodge–so cool! And yes, the good ole Sacramento Train museum–been there a few times. I used to work in a building within the Old Sacramento Waterfront and saw that particular scene and sign depicting the Pacific Railroad a LOT! We used to have special event meetings at Fat City across the street (I used to coordinate old Sac special events with vendors and merchants back in the day). Great post with lots of numbers and beautiful images!

    • Thanks so much, Terri! My hubby adores these types of museums; I just go along for the photo ops! Although the one in Hood River is pretty cool and the views of Mt. Hood, wonderful! As far as Sacramento goes, we usually go to the Old Town area whenever we pass through. It must have been a fun place to work. I enjoy just walking around (unless it’s unbearably hot) and he will ALWAYS choose the railroad museum; he loves trains! πŸ˜‰

      • Hans likes all that car, train, plane stuff too. But he wants to look at EVERYTHING! I’m glad you indulge your hubby and take advantage of random photo ops!

      • I guess I’m not alone! I always finish way before he does and try to find something else nearby to do! Though next time we go to Hood River I think I’ll drop him off at the museum and go shopping in town! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  4. My husband is a space geek. I’ve toured so many places to look at rocket and space capsules, space suits and after awhile it all starts to blur… but it makes him so very happy that I’m happy to tag along!

  5. Wow those are awesome photos! I’ve been to Old Town Sacramento, but not to any of the other places you shared. It was fun seeing all of them, and I didn’t notice the numbers until you mentioned it at the end! πŸ˜€

  6. Great collection, Susanne. I never did get to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, though it was on my list. Things just kept conspiring to prevent planned visits. The museum in Hood River looks like a winner though. I’m not a planes, trains, and automobile geek, but, like you, I’d enjoy the photo ops they provide. The little airport in Jefferson County had an aircraft museum that was small but interesting as I recall.

    • Thanks, Graham. We visit the museum in Seattle pretty often since it’s close. The one in Hood River was quite a find! We didn’t expect they would have so much in a small town. We’ll have to check out the one in Jefferson County too, since we visit the area at least a few times a year.

      • I love surprises like the Hood River one. I think you’d probably enjoy the Jefferson County one, too.

    • Thanks, Pete, he would love these, but I wouldn’t see him for days! πŸ™‚ When we were in London last time, I left him at the Imperial War Museum, then I took the tube to Harrods! Even though I enjoyed the museum I didn’t want to stay there all day! I would probably like Beaulieu the most as it comes with palace, shops and gardens. Hopefully we’ll make it to London again. πŸ™‚

  7. I would enjoy a stroll through these museums and would no doubt take plenty of photos of the beautiful streamlined shapes and interesting details, but like you I would soon be outside again enjoying the view and my surroundings πŸ™‚

    • No, we haven’t done much traveling in the Midwest, though we passed through Ohio on a cross country trip years ago. If we ever get back there again, I’m sure we’ll stop!

  8. My mother made a point of driving us to Lake Oswego to watch the last steam engine equipped train pass by. She was adamant that we remember. I always have. Glad to see the wonderful photos. As for antique cars, around here the cars considered antiques seem to be ones I drove in high school. I don’t suppose that says anything about me!

    • Funny, I like the ‘antique’ cars of the 60’s and 70’s the best precisely because they remind me of my youth!

      • They do startle me since they are so familiar. Rather like war veterans who are also my age, not my father’s peers.

  9. Those old cars are so beautiful! That salmon-colored one is so unique, don’t think I’ve ever seen a car that color. Wonder what kind it is?

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