I’m a mom of five boys, so over the years as we have traveled we have always gravitated toward attractions that easily appeal to males. We’ve been to a lot of car museums, science museums, military museums and also several train museums. At each one, my husband usually reverts to being a little kid himself. The most recent rail-related museum we visited was the Hesston Steam Museum for Father’s Day in the tiny town of Hesston in La Porte County.
With three different tracks, there’s fun for everyone. We rode the full-sized Narrow Gauge train pulled by a steam engine. It was used for hauling freight and/or passengers.
There’s also the Historic Miniature Railroad that had been used at small amusement parks from the 1920s until the 1970s and the Real Steam, Real Small Scale Hobby Railroad - the smallest of them all.
Besides riding the trains, it’s a nice place to hang out for the day on a weekend. There’s an old station next to the full-sized train, a gift shop, a blacksmith shop, various displays, and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
On several weekends during the season, you can stop in early for breakfast with the train crew. Doc’s is open from 9 - 11 a.m. for a breakfast buffet. You can chat with one of the many volunteers who work as engineers, firemen or crew members. There’s also a Smokehouse that’s open on select days serving up three different types of meat with house-made barbecue sauce and glass bottles of Coca Cola. Check out the website for a listing of special events, including the annual Hesston Steam & Power Show.