Hometown Impressions

Hogwarts Express to magic and knowledge

Railroad Museum hosts Spring Break storytelling days

Posted 3/28/16

According to Wizard Izzy, the Colorado Railroad Museum is the perfect place to tell stories about magic.

So on March 24, the wizard — aka Isaiah Solomon — and other staffers of the museum did just that. They read excerpts from “Harry Potter …

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Hometown Impressions

Hogwarts Express to magic and knowledge

Railroad Museum hosts Spring Break storytelling days

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According to Wizard Izzy, the Colorado Railroad Museum is the perfect place to tell stories about magic.

So on March 24, the wizard — aka Isaiah Solomon — and other staffers of the museum did just that. They read excerpts from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Then they talked about The Hogwarts Express and the journey to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

“Harry Potter had to take the train to Hogwarts every semester,” Wizard Izzy said.

It’s “really neat” to connect trains with literature, said Elizabeth Nosek, the museum’s curator of education and exhibits, and show how trains are a “part of our everyday lives.”

“Anytime you can get families together in an environment, where they can learn and create memories while connecting to history, it’s fantastic,” Nosek said.

Lisa Masiello traveled from Brighton with her three children, Katelyn, 9, Lauren, 7, and Jillian, 4, to attend the Spring Break Days — Train Stories at the museum. She homeschools, and they’re currently reading book five of “Little House on the Prairie,” which includes the family witnessing the building of the transcontinental railroad.

“I love opportunities to get their books to come to life,” Lisa said.

And the girls like seeing all the cool trains, Katelyn said. But she added she enjoys reading books of all kinds — especially Harry Potter.

Cara Hillan, 6, a resident of Littleton had fun at the arts-and-crafts/wand-making table.

“I feel the magic,” she said of her wand, and “it’s cool how it shines” as she pointed out all the different colors she used for her wand.

But perhaps the real reason they were there was for her older brother, Cole, 9.

They come to the museum often, the children’s mother, Lisa, said, so it’s fun when there’s a little something new to experience, such as the Train Stories. But Cole would come anytime, she said. “He is a train-lover.”

Cole likes learning about the Union Pacific 844, old steam locomotives and TGVs — he doesn’t know what TGV stands for, just that “they’re the fastest trains in the world.”

“I like trains,” Cole said, “because they’re big and they make a lot of noise.”

The children are always a lot of joy, Wizard Izzy said. And when they have knowledge, they have more respect for the history.

“Learning should be fun,” he said. “Trains are really magical all on their own. We see cars all the time, but a big steam locomotive is something you don’t see often. Here, they’re seeing something unique.”

Colorado Railroad Museum, Harry Potter, Hogwarts Express

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