Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

Our town never trick-or-treats on Halloween. Why? I have no idea. Nor does anyone else I ask in town. It is what it is, I suppose. It allows us to participate in other town's trick-or-treats because no one in the area celebrates on Halloween. This is the first year we will be trick-or-treating in another town besides our own.

This year Sassy requested a Powerpuff Girl costume. Buttercup to be exact.

Bubby could not commit to any idea. I found a Popeye costume and he was sold. I even made him a can of spinach to carry as his candy bucket from an oatmeal can. Everyone loved it.


What costume did your kiddos pick this year? Did you dress up? Share your Halloween costumes in my comments below! I'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - All Things Sassy


Sassy had a ear ache that started the beginning of the last week. By Wednesday we were at urgent care. Despite feeling under the weather, the kid still has spunk. This picture speaks for all things Sassy. Llama Llama is her favorite story book character, and her lovie. She doesn't go many places without him. The tutu - she's a dancer. She dances and twirls and spins from the time she wakes up until the time her eyes shut tight for the night. The black sparkly bow flats are her signature shoe. I really need to find a replacement. She wears these all the time. As you can see by the scuffed toes. 

She was hiding from me behind the curtain while we waited for her script. She didn't want me to take her picture. I love the way I caught the "all things Sassy" all at once in this pic.

Happy Wordless Wednesday!!! (Mine are never quite wordless, but I digress.)




Sunday, October 28, 2012

What Have YOU Done to Support Your Fire Dept?

Fundraisers are the heart of nearly all volunteer stations. While most volunteer stations receive funds from their municipal government, these funds do not stretch as far as these firefighters need it to go. Maintaining and upgrading equipment and apparatus, as well as providing fire safety operations for the community are all made possible by grants and fundraisers. A department with out dated pagers or run down engines is not going to be able to efficiently respond to your house fire or car accident as they could if they had the funds to keep their things in top working order.

I'm a wife of a volunteer firefighter. Most of you who have been following this blog know that. Being a part of a volunteer fire station means fundraising. Soup and sandwich suppers, breakfasts, and ice cream socials are just a few of the things our station does. The wives usually make a majority of the food to send up - some of the guys do too. If there's anything they can cook or grill at the station just prior to the event they will. I'm always baking desserts and sending some sort of dish up to the station with 374 for each event.

However our support does not stop at our station. Firefighters consider EVERY OTHER firefighter a brother or a sister, not just those at his or her department. Most of the departments in our area provide mutual aid for each other quite often. So while the fire may be in our town, we could have two, three or four different departments respond to the call. It's important for us to support not only our station, but those in our neighboring towns as well. The kids get a kick out of attending breakfasts and dinners at different stations. They love checking out the engines and other equipment.

Over the weekend another volunteer department in a neighboring town was having a BBQ chicken dinner. Half a chicken and sides to go for a great price. This station just happens to be the station that hosted 374's Firefighter I class, and  quite a few of his classmates are members of that department now. When he told me about the dinner, we marked it on the calendar.

The day was beautiful for the drive over, and well worth the tasty food. I snapped a couple pictures of the kids while they were looking at the engines. However, they were so excited to be exploring and the sun was so bright that they were less than thrilled with me doing so.

What have you done lately to support your local fire department??

Jack sporting his MN8 shirt from Zach

YUM!!!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: A New Journey

Ok, ok. Not the WW post I promised in the MN8 post, but the weather did not cooperate for t-shirt pics.

Besides, this super proud mama has to brag.

Bubby had his first Tiger Cub Scout meeting last night. I officially have a Boy Scout.

They made Halloween masks tonight. 374 is signed up to be his leader. Unfortunately he's currently the only Tiger. We are hoping for a few more sign ups!




Please share your Wordless Wednesday post! Comments are always welcome too! Happy WW.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Afternoon at the MN8 Office

A few weeks ago while in contact with MN8 Products founder Zach Green, we realized we weren't very far from each other. Zach mentioned we should come down to the office for a visit in the future. Since we live in a very rural area, this was exciting for the kids as well as 374 and me.

You can see my review post on Zach's MN8 products HERE.

A couple weeks ago we set a date for last Friday. The MN8 office, as well as some of Zach's fellow firefighters were having a lunch cook out. It would be about a three hour drive for us, but well worth it in my mind. I was very grateful to Zach for offering some product for us to review and wanted our trip down to speak for my gratitude. 

Once we got down to the office, we were immediately welcomed by everyone we saw. Handshakes and smiles all around. The kids were a bit nervous at first, but warmed up. Zach was excited when Bubby handed him a patch from 374's department. He promised him he'd be able to hang it on the wall after lunch.

Bubby proudly pointing to 374's patch he personally hung on Zach's wall. It's the light blue triangle shaped one he's pointing to.


Zach was the executive chef for the afternoon. Burgers, hot dogs and fixings. It was a great meal after being on the road all morning.

Chef Zach grilling up lunch.


Sassy enjoying lunch

After everyone ate, Zach showed us a demo of some things they are working on for the future, as well as current products in their line. The kids enjoyed going into the dark room and seeing everything illuminate. 

Hanging out in the office after lunch. We are in the far back of the pic.

374 enjoyed talking shop with the firefighters after lunch. He's really tossing back and forth the idea of pursuing a full time fire career, and this was the first time he's had the chance to chat with full timers. Mid conversation, the topic of damaging fire trucks came up. We offered up the fact that no one can be in a worse situation than our Engine 38. After sharing the story with Zach and his friends, Zach got very excited. He's been looking for a truck to use for a project inside his office. We share details of where the truck is now, and Zach said he was going to look into getting the truck. 374 and I think it would be very neat if they were able to get the engine and use it for their project. 

Bubby eyeing the desserts while 374 chatted

Before leaving the office the kids were presented with some awesome MN8 swag - key chains and illuminating t-shirts. They promised to wear their shirts to school on Monday - which Bubby did! I need to snap pics of them in their shirts - they will be the feature pics for this week's Wordless Wednesday!

Sassy turned her key chain into a charm for her bracelet. This girl's got style!

When we arrived at the office, an engine, truck, and squad lined the street. The kids couldn't wait to get an up close view of them. The wonderful firefighters on duty allowed us to follow them back to their station at the end of the afternoon for a station tour. Our kids have only seen volunteer stations, and have always wondered what a full time station looks like. 

We got the grand tour of the Woodlawn station thanks to Firefighter U. (I never caught his first name, and his last name was a long one and escapes me.) A big, big thank you goes out to him from the 374 family. He told us that the Woodlawn station is the testing ground for MN8 products. Their tools were one of the first to be applied with Zach's illuminating epoxies and products. Any time a new product comes out, the Woodlawn station is one of the first to test them in the line of duty.  

This kid loves fire engines!

Firefighter U immediately opened up all the trucks and engines and let the kids explore. All of the trucks and engines at 374's station allow them to sit forward facing, so when Bubby and Sassy climbed into the apparatus at the Woodlawn station, they immediately exclaimed, "Why do they ride backwards?" It made me chuckle. Firefighter U moved on to show the kids the "bus" (the kids were again utterly confused - I had to explain that another term for a squad was "bus"). He had them stand at the back end of it while he opened the door. The air system hissed and dropped the squad as the back doors opened. Bubby squealed and jumped back. He thought something broke. Then Firefighter U explained to him it was to help in loading patients. After he realized everything was okay, Bubby as all about climbing in to have an up close look. 374 was impressed with the bells and whistles on the squad as we learned it was a fairly new acquisition for the station that took a lot of thought and planning. The tour ended inside, where 374 and Bubby admired the wall with pictures and newspaper clippings of the station's experiences while Sassy met Hank the fish. We gave our thanks and returned to the car for our trip home.


Doesn't matter how many engines you've sat in, it never gets old!

One of the very first tools to test the original MN8 products.

Bubby checking out the wall.


The kids have been talking about it all weekend. They had a great time. 374 and I really appreciated Zach and his colleagues opening their office and fire station to us for the afternoon. I look forward to staying in touch with Zach in the near future - I hope to work with him on some future projects, as well as hopefully assisting them in acquiring our old engine for their project.

Thank you MN8 and Woodlawn firefighters. We really enjoyed our afternoon and are grateful for your hospitality! Hopefully one day we can return the favor!

Monday, October 22, 2012

BURN - A Documentary about Detroit Firefighters

Last week I came across a link for a film called BURN. BURN is not coming to your local movie theater - but it could with ample support.

BURN is a documentary that follows E50 in Detroit. A city who is facing big problems. In the last 60 years, the city has seen it's population drop to half of what it once was. Add in the racial and economic issues and you have a recipe for disaster. Arson is the cause for most fires in the city. The problems don't end there. These firefighters put their lives on the line daily responding to calls in run down trucks and wore out gear making next to nothing - raises and funding are a thing of the past. The documentary delves into every day life running with the firefighters of E50.

After watching the trailer for the film, I quickly went in search of cities and dates. Unfortunately, the closest viewing location for us is 3 hours away. Not exactly feasible for a week day showing when 374 works third shift. BURN is looking for backers to help get the film into movie theaters. You can go to BURN's KickStarter page to pledge a monetary donation to help back the project. This project is a completely independent documentary - all funding has been raised by the makers. Now they need your help to push the film into as many cities as possibly. That is all dependent on how much money they raise.

You can check out their Facebook page for a list of current viewing cities and dates. If you attend a showing, please come back and leave a comment here. I'd love to hear your reaction to the film!



 

You can find BURN on Facebook HERE

You can find BURN on Twitter HERE

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Fire Prevention Day

Today was Fire Prevention Day at Bubby and Sassy's school. You can only imagine who their favorite guest was...




Sassy says, "THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!"






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Sunday, October 7, 2012

National Firefighters Endowment T-Shirt Fundraiser

A about a month ago I ordered a shirt from the National Firefighters Endowment via their fundraiser on Teespring. They are on their second round of orders, which now includes hoodies of the same color and design.

I received my shirt Saturday, and couldn't be happier. For $15 plus shipping this high quality shirt showed up in my mailbox just begging to be worn. 374 has many station shirts, Black Helmet Apparel shirts, and shirts from conventions and other stations. My collection is not as vast as his, obviously. As soon as I saw this shirt I knew it had to be mine.

The t-shirt itself is a Hanes 100% cotton shirt. It's not too light and not too thin. I ordered a large for myself, and while it is longer than some of my other Hanes large shirts, it's pretty true to size.

Please consider purchasing a shirt or hoodie for yourself. Even if you have no firefighter ties in your family or circle, these men and women need your support. The National Firefighters Endowment says, "This t-shirt campaign is meant to develop the values of your community, the need to support their local fire department."

I love the message behind this shirt. It's not department specific, nor is it only representative of the Endowment. It brings attention to anyone in any location that community support is crucial to these fire departments.

The hoodies are now currently available for $25 plus shipping. I will be ordering mine soon!





  

Friday, October 5, 2012

From the Mouths of Babes

I asked our oldest a few questions tonight about his Daddy being a firefighter. Bubby is 7 1/2 years old. Here's what he had to say:

Do you like having a firefighter for a Daddy?
Bubby: "Yes!! He does good things."

What's your favorite part of Daddy being a firefighter?
Bubby: "I get to go to the station and help with the trucks."

Is there anything you don't like about Daddy being a firefighter?
Bubby: "No!"

Why are firefighters important?
Bubby: "Because they help people when their house is on fire or when they have a car accident."

Would you like to be a firefighter when you grow up?
Bubby: "Yes. It's cool, but it's dangerous!"





MN8 Foxfire Illuminating Helment Band and Tets

A few months ago, I came across a company called MN8 Foxfire. I was browsing pictures that the Fire Critic has posted from a convention he had attended.

MN8 offers products that "reduce disorientation, improve accountability and increase visibility." Firefighter's turnout gear and helmets always feature reflective material to help keep them safe. However, what happens in low light situations where there is little to no light to cause the reflection? What happens if a firefighter goes down in a pitch black environment?

MN8 offers products to solve these problems. Their products feature photoluminescent technology. Their products do not reflect light, but actually give off their own light. Their product line includes helmet bands, helmet tetrahedrons, epoxy coating kits, equipment bands and grip wrap, as well as apparel.

From the MN8 website:
"Our products will charge in just a few minutes from any light source and can be recharged indefinitely. As a result, there is no need for any external battery, electrical, or energy source other than light."

I have recently been in contact with the founder - Zachary Green. Zachary was kind enough to send 374 and  I a helmet band and set of tets to review for him.

I was very excited to receive the products and see them first hand. As a fire wife, I very much appreciate anything that can help keep my firefighter safe and help him return home to us in one piece. 374 runs a lot of night calls - whether they are actual fires or vehicle accidents or setting up landing zones for EMS runs. I worry about the calls in the middle of the night. We live in a very rural area. Many times calls are out in the country with no street lights. Knowing he has these self illuminating products on his helmet easy the worry a bit.


374 has not yet had a call to test these products on, however he has had some night training sessions. He got many compliments from his fellow firefighters on the glow of the products. We have also tested the products ourselves at the station.

The helmet band stretches tightly over and around the helmet. It fits very snugly. 374 had it on his helmet in seconds.

The helmet tetrahedrons applied just as easily. 374 removed his old tets, and wiped off the stops with some Goo-Gone. He applied the MN8 tets in just a few minutes. They went on smoothly and seem to have adhered very well. These tetrahedrons not only glow, but are reflective as well.

We are both very impressed with the quality and performance so much that we will be ordering more. 374 is very interested in the grip wrap. The uses for the wrap and epoxy coating is endless. These products could be used for a broad range of application, not just firefighting.


I will feature another post for these MN8 products in the near future when 374 has been able to test them on actual scenes. I can't wait to report on their performance and durability. I'm quite certain they will not disappoint.

Below are two pictures of 374's helmet featuring the MN8 products. His helmet sits on a gear rack when not in use. There always some natural light to the fire bays at the station via windows in the bay doors. We took his helmet into the darkest place in the station - the mechanical room. The pictures were taken one after the other - one with the light on, and then immediately after, one with the light off. My camera is not the best, but you get the idea.

Lights on!

Great self illumination!


I would like to thank Zach for the opportunity to test his products. 374 and his fellow firefighters are very impressed! This technology opens many doors in firefighter safety. 374 can't wait to get his hands on more MN8 gear!

Please watch for an update post on these products, as well as more news from LBtT and MN8 in the near future!

OVFD Remembers

It's been a rather gloomy and dreary day here. It's rained off and on all day. I don't see the rain as a burden today. I believe rain on days like these are a blessing. 374 and I went up to his station this evening to lower the flags and put a remembrance on their sign. Bubby accompanied us, but he stayed in the bays out of the rain.


Lowering the flags

We remember.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

NFFF Memorial Weekend

This weekend is the NFFF Memorial Weekend. The annual Memorial Service will be held on Sunday October 7th in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The service will honor those firefighters who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Hopefully sometime in the future we will be able to make a trip to Maryland to take in the service in person. It would be such a touching and humbling moment - I'd love for our children to experience that.

If you are unable to make the trip to the service, but are interested in keeping up on the weekend there are a few different ways to participate from home.

There will be a Candlight Service on Saturday evening followed by Sunday's Memorial Service that will be streamed live here on Life Between the Tones. You will find the player for the streaming below. You can see the Candlelight service at 6:30pm (streaming starts at 6:00pm) on Saturday and the Memorial Service at 10:00am Sunday (streaming begins at 9:30am).





You can also view the National Fallen Firefighters Widget I've placed in my sidebar. This widget honors those firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

There is also a live webcam of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial that can be viewed at any time here:

http://firehero.org/camera.html


If you are interested in any more information on this weekend please visit the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend website. You can download desktop backgrounds, Facebook cover images, profile picture images, and mobile background images to use this weekend. There is also a link to sign a virtual banner in remembrance of those fallen. There are too many resources on the website to list here. Please take a moment to browse their website.


Please keep these fallen heroes and their families and their brothers and sisters in your thoughts this weekend.

If you are on Twitter, please spread the love this weekend by using the tag #FIREHERO2012

You can find the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation on Facebook HERE


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Q&A - Full Time Structure Wife


A few weeks ago, I shared a question and answer post from a volunteer wife.

My goal with the first post was to reach out to women (or men) who are considering entering a relationship with someone who has a career in the fire service, or who have a significant/spouse who is considering a fire service career.

When my husband was considering joining our local fire department, I did not realize how much this decision would change MY life as well as his. I had questions, but I didn't know anyone on the department enough to express my concerns and questions. When I turned to online sources, I really couldn't find the resources I was looking for. I wanted a peak into the real life situations of a fire wife. What exactly would this mean for our marriage?

That is the inspiration for this series of posts. I have previously shared the volunteer wife prospective. Now it's a full time firefighter's wife prospective. I recently asked Alison and Christina questions about being a full time wife. In this post I will share Alison's answers. Watch for Christina's answers in a few days!

*How long have you been a fire wife? 
Nearly 3 years, but married for 9.

*What was the hardest thing for you to adjust to?
The nights he is at work! Yes we miss him and all that, but being a full time mom with a full time 40 hour gig makes for crazy duty days. When I leave work, I have to stop at 3 different places to collect 3 kids, get home, let the dogs out, make dinner, help with homework, give baths, read stories, wash and prep bottles for the next day, clean up from dinner, pump breast milk, tuck kids in to bed, and then usually one chore like sweeping the floor or folding a load of laundry. I'm lucky if I get to eat anything before 2030. But it always seems like something goes wrong or crazy on the nights he's gone. A dog runs away. One of the kids gets hurt. All 3 kids are melting down at the same time.  I can't find the garage door keys. I get a flat tire. Dinner gets burnt. I usually don't sit down and rest on duty nights until after 2100. The "duty" nights when things run smoothly are few and far between.

*Does it ever get less scary? How do you deal with the fear of him getting hurt?
I'm probably in the minority, but I'm not afraid for him. I guess I have the standard worry, but it's not significant, nor do I dwell on it. His employer spent(spends) a lot of money on making sure he is well trained.  He is in peak physical condition. He has top of the line equipment. I trust that in a potentially dangerous situation, he and the other men he works with are capable of making the right decisions. I don't think wives should waste so much energy on "worrying." It's emotionally draining and causes undue stress, it doesn't help anything, and it doesn't make him any safer. (I know I'm in the minority).

*How does the station feel about visits from family members?
They're cool with it, especially if we bring goodies (I like to bake, they're getting a pumpkin roll this week).  There's a good mix of married old timers, middle aged guys with kids, and the young single or newly married guys. We just make sure not to wear out our welcome, or come too frequently, and make sure the kids are on their best behaviors.

*Do you have any rituals or special things you and/or your firefighter do to help you get through a shift?
We make sure to kiss bye in the mornings when he leaves, which is usually a crazy time because I'm trying to get out to door for work myself, not to mention both of us are dropping kids off. We also talk on the phone in the evenings. If we don't talk though, it's not a big deal. We usually talk the morning he gets off work as well.


*What do you love most about being a fire wife?
A couple of things. His schedule! I love the 24/48 schedule. It's the perfect amount of time for me to be home alone and get "me" time (after mommy duties). The first 24 he is off is his alone time without kids, and the second 24 he is off is when he stays home with the kids (during the week) or we go do family stuff (on the weekends). I would also be a liar if I said I didn't love his benefits. His union has fought hard for their benefits, and we really appreciate it all. They are very fortunate. I also love the camaraderie the entire department shares. There may be over 1,200 firefighters, but everyone is treated like true family.

*What advice would you give someone whose spouse/significant other is considering a fire service career; or someone who's considering a long term relationship/marriage to someone in the fire service?
I can really only give good advice to other full-time career structure people. Keep calm and carry on. Don't dwell on the nights he's gone. Keep yourself busy and occupied and learn to enjoy and value your time alone. Do things that he doesn't care for on those days and nights. Gently remind your FF (if and when he needs it) that his first obligation is always as a husband and father. My motto is "Being a good firefighter does not trump being a good husband and dad." I don't buy into the hero worship, and I'd love to see more wives with the same mentality.

Who is Alison?

Alison is the wife of a City of Columbus Firefighter. They share three kids together - ages six, four and eight months. Alison is an environmental geologist. She has spent her entire 32 years as an Ohio resident.



I would like to thank Alison for taking the time to share her perspective on being a fire wife. If you have any questions for Alison about being married to a full time structure firefighter, please leave them in a comment below!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Insta Wordless Wednesday

A few of my recent Instagrams!

Choo-Choo!

Full moon Saturday night - explains the erratic behavior of my offspring earlier in the day.

Babysitting Baby Llama for his "Mama". She left explicit instructions on his care.

A crisp fall sunset.

HAPPY WORDLESS WEDNESDAY!!!!
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Has Your Firefighter Filled out the 2012 National Firefighter Census??

The National Firefighters Endowment is currently conducting a census for 2012. According to their Facebook page:

"Information collected through this census will be used for statistical purposes to allow National Firefighters Endowment to expand it's scope of coverage to members of the fire service in the United States of America. Information will not be sold or rented for any purpose. By completing this form you will also be entered to win a brand new Phenix TL-2 leather helmet."

 All you have to do is visit the National Firefighters Endowment's Facebook page and click the link on their wall. Fill out the form and you're not only counted in the census, but also entered to win an awesome helemt.

Please make sure all the firefighters in your life have filled out this form. This information is very important to their work. The National Firefighters Endowment is a non-profit public charity whose main goal is to protect the lives of firefighters.

mage from the National Firefighters Endowment website

All Aboard!

374 FINALLY had a full weekend off from his full time job this weekend. We were all beginning to forget what a weekend with Daddy home with us is really like. We haven't been able to plan any day trips or devote any amount of time to projects around the house because he's spend weekend days sleeping to be able to go in for third shift.

On Saturday morning when he called to say he was on his way home, I asked the dreaded question.

"Are you working this weekend?"

"NOPE!!"

I had to ask him if he was joking. He informed me he in fact was NOT joking. You could hear the smile on his face through the phone. If that makes any sense to anyone.

We had made SOME plans for the weekend, regardless of his work schedule. However now that he wouldn't have to go back into work until Monday night, everything could be done in a relaxed frame of mind instead of rushing to get him home in time to rest before work.

Saturday was spent purging the attic of junk. It was something that needed to be done for a couple years now. Our town hosted a fall clean up day, and offered dumpsters for trash free of charge. We had two truck bed loads for the dumpsters and another load to Goodwill. It was such a relief to cross that off the list and made enjoying Sunday so much easier.

On Sunday we took a nice afternoon drive over the boarder into Indiana. Our destination? The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. They were hosting an Open House this weekend to showcase their Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765.

Earlier this year the locomotive made two appearances in our town. Once headed west, and another when it came back east. Both times we missed it's quick passing through town, and all four of us were equally disappointed.

When I read in the local paper that the locomotive would be on display AND RUNNING this weekend, I knew we had to be there. 374 and I have always loved trains ever since we were little. I spent the early part of my childhood in this town, and watched trains run through daily. I can even remember trains coming through still pulling a caboose behind it. 374 spent part of his childhood with a man who loved model trains. 374's father was married to P. P is the mother of 374's only sibling. As children whenever they would go to visit P's father, they always spent a lot of time in his train room. I believe these are some of 374's fondest memories.


Like most toddler boys, Bubby was in love with Thomas the Train. His love has evolved as he's gotten older, and he has a fondness for steam engines. He has a dvd featuring beautiful footage of steam locomotives puffing along the tracks during winter months. He also loves the PBS documentary on steam locomotives and spends all afternoon watching it when it's played. 

And Sassy? Well if her big brother thinks it's cool, then she's always on board too!

The kids spotted the big beauty before we even made it to the park.



The afternoon was spent climbing up, in and through various cabooses, track cars and a locomotive. We even took a ride in a caboose pulled by a diesel. 







However we were all sucked in by the main attraction. 



I knew it would be big. I knew it would be beautiful. I was not prepared for just how big and beautiful it was. I'm not trying to sound sappy or corny. I was moved by this machine. I was moved by the workers milling around and running the different exhibits. These men and women put in 15,000 volunteer hours over a five year span to restore this piece of history to the condition you see it in today. 


During our peak into the cab, the workers opened bu the doors to show the kids the fire. This was one of my favorite parts of the day - it was HOT!





We were all very reluctant to leave. We took one last long walk around 765 and took in the sounds and sights and smells. We were excited to learn that Santa will be at the Historical Society in December, so we plan on making another trip back to visit him AND 765 again. 

December cannot come soon enough!



You can find the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society on Facebook HERE

You can find the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society on Twitter HERE

You can find the Nickel Plate 765 on Twitter HERE