July 16, 2014 presented us with a beautiful day for the Legacy bus trip to the Minnesota Transportation Roundhouse and that afternoon for our train ride on the Osceola to Marine train trip. The day started very early (5:15 am) for some and ended close to 11:00 pm for others. We packed the day with a tour of the Roundhouse on Pennsylvania Avenue, a catered lunch with the author Steve Glischinski who wrote “Minnesota Railroads”, then a 90 minute train ride along the scenic and historic St. Croix River Valley where we were able to see a panoramic view up and down the river. Throughout the whole trip there were engineers visiting with us, telling us tales of the railroad history, explaining different lines, why they are the way they are, and making us all feel welcome. The last car on the train was the mail car. Did you know that the US Post Office was all in one car on the train? I didn’t. It stall had the pouches, cubby holes and some mail left from the time all mail was sorted on the train. Everyone had a great time even the kids who had free rein of all the cars and made regular runs up and down the whole train. This program was made possible in whole or in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.