I had a great time at my first book signing in a year yesterday! The Railroad Museum in Enid had an open house and invited me to come and join the festivities. There were hot dogs and doughnuts, tee shirts were tie dyed, board games were set up in the dining car, and I had the children’s caboose all to myself for the book signing. Outside it was hot so a water balloon fight ensued. Drippy feet came and went through the caboose as I sat under the air conditioner and read parts of Ian’s Magic to all who would listen.
The Railroad Museum of Oklahoma Railroad Museum of Oklahoma is set in Enid and was the brainchild of Frank “Watermelon” Campbell a long-time railroad conductor. Watermelon passed away this year just short of his 100th birthday, but the museum lives on due to his widow, Edna, and others who love to see it continue.
The museum is set in grander days of the railroad with a restored station and cars outside the building. There is even a dining car that is partially restored which will once again serve the public soon. Yesterday it was set aside for tours and board games to all who were interested.
The children’s caboose has been restored and set up with a place for books, games and videos. Kids can play on the toys in the caboose and yesterday I read to them in that caboose. It was a trip down memory lane even if you never worked on the railroad. The romance of the time and place showed in pictures, clothing, and dinnerware that had once been used in the cars.
The museum is open to the public and available for parties and reunions. They are kept in business through grants and donations. Check them out and bring the kids. It is a trip down memory lane.
What did you do this week?