Monday, June 19, 2006
Toddlers are train-obsessed; it's just a matter of degree. Mr. Big didn't have the bug too bad, other than right around his second birthday when he carried Thomas the Train everywhere. Don't get me wrong, he still likes trains (big or tiny), but not to the exclusion of his super heros, his bug catcher or his green plasma car.
The Pomona train station at First and Garey in downtown is our favorite place to watch trains, either from inside the car on restless nights, or outside in the daytime. If you climb up the stairs to the overpass, there's a postcard view down onto the tracks. It's a fun walk all around there, since it's not busy and you can comfortably watch your child. Even the bus depot just north of the train station is interesting, although that's much busier and better left for viewing from inside the car.
The metro trains that leave the Pomona station go all the way to downtown L.A., so you can ride them into Olvera Street, Union Station or Chinatown for a fun day trip. Or, simply watch the trains as they pass through Pomona on their way to the rest of the world.
The metrolink train schedule is at http://www.metrolinktrains.com/lines/schedules/# Downtown Pomona is on the "Riverside Line." North Pomona, Claremont and Upland are on the "San Bernardino Line."