Alex was kind and stopped and took photos with everyone that approached him. He autographed many items, from scrap pieces of paper to coffee cups. He was very sweet and approachable. I even was able to get a photo op with him and my daughter.
Trail Inn, Cafe & Campground is directly behind us in this photo.
Here's a better photo of the Trail Inn, Cafe & Campground:
He came in on the steam engine, where they put him to work shoveling coal into the fire and pouring water into the boilers, so they wouldn't overheat. He even drove the train by applying brakes and the throttle. His camera crew was aboard the steam engine with him as well, filming his long awaited adventure.
He was greeted by the local high school band, with their rendition of the Jeopardy tune.
He then turned the train around! After retouching his makeup :)
Below is a picture of the coal car.
Below he is recording a video clue:
Here he is taking in local history and reading about Frostburg and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail:
On the train ride back down to Cumberland, Alex shared with our train car about how he had always wanted to ride in the engine. He had often been inside the engines when they weren't fired up, but this time he was able to not only be in it fired up, he got to fire it himself! He told us another story of when he was five and how his Grandpa lived near a railroad switch and had taught him to repeat the phrase, "The God Damn trains, get on my nerves." He would repeat it several times a day much to his parents discontent and his grandfather's delight!
Once I get the video clips edited I will post them on youtube.com, but for now, I am too tired to get those all edited and posted to include them in this posting. But I wanted to share with you all our wonderfully exciting day!
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