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10 Pictures taken at Poppo Town

The kids and me

The kids and me

In December last year we visited a Train Museum while on vacations in Japan. Poppo Town is located at Annaka City near the Nagano border. As we stayed in Karuizawa it only took about an hour’s drive to the museum.  The place was old as compared to the other museum that we have been however the kids did had fun trying out the different rides and viewing the different steam engines.

Doggie boy in a Shinkansen

Doggie boy in a Shinkansen

The kids playground area with the mini train rides were the main attraction in the museum for the kids.  As we were there near to closing time the place was nearly deserted  and there wasn’t any one manning the rides. The kids decided to take pictures of the trains instead.

Tiny Steam engine

Tiny Steam engine

This must be the tiniest steam engine which we saw that day. It ran on charcoal and you could even sit on it and go for a short ride around the track. We gave it a pass at 200 yen a person it would come up to quite a hefty sum if the kids and I rode on it.

A similar black steam engine

A similar black steam engine

This black steam engine was one of those on display . It wasn’t open for viewing so we could only walk around and admire it from the sides.

A people mover train

A people mover train

There was a mini train which would take visitors around the area. However as the area wasn’t that big we decided to take a walk instead.

An orange steam engine

An orange steam engine

This steam engine which we spotted reminded me of the Thomas and Train engines which the boys loved playing with when they were much younger.

A light green steam engine

A light green steam engine

This steam engine had coaches and must have been used to transport passengers across towns back then when it was functioning.

Other passenger trains

Other passenger trains

We saw quite a few different colored passenger trains in the train yard.  Some of them looked as it they were about 40-50 years old.

Monkey boy trying to work the levers

Monkey boy trying to work the levers

We managed to enter one of the cabins of the train and boys had fun pretending to be train drivers. There were many different switches and levers on the control panel of a train.

The boys havin

The boys having fun

The boys had fun on this ride. they had to pull the levers down to get the platform to move in the direction of their choice. It was certainly an unusual mode of transportation.

Have you been to a train museum lately?

 

 

 

 

 

Chugging On and Having Fun

Doggie Boy driving Thomas

Doggie Boy driving Thomas

Last week we brought the boys to  Poppo Town to view the various steam engines that they had on display. They had fun riding on Thomas the train and other kiddy rides which were there.  We were there near to closing time so it was quite empty and we didn’t need to queue for any of the rides.

Monkey boy pushing the Fire engine Doggie boy was in

Monkey boy pushing the Fire engine Doggie boy was in

The rides were not that cheap at 100 yen/200 yen per ride. Each ride only lasted the most 5-10 minutes and was insufficient to satisfy the boys need for play. As the rides were on wheels they realized that they  needed rely on electrical power to move their vehicle but manual horsepower instead. Both boys took turn pushing each other in the different bumper cars which were there.

Monkey boy in a train

Monkey boy in a train

Anpanman train was one of the rides which really captured my interest. I have been watching the Japanese cartoon when I was a kid and love the Anime character. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with this character his face is made of bread and it is from the bread which he derives his “power”)

Do your kids love trains too?

 

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