Bluegrass and Train Rides
Trip Start Jan 09, 2009
99Trip End Jun 01, 2009
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We then drove north to Daphne and Spanish Fort through good agricultural land that, until recently, was rapidly disappearing under a crop of houses. There are many subdivisions that have ground to a halt. The close proximity to Mobile AL really is putting pressure on this area. Then back to the RV park via Silverhill, the nearest hamlet and post office for the park.
The bluegrass concert that delayed our departure from this park did not disappoint. People arrived from far and wide - Gulf Shores, Pensacola and north - from other RV parks and condos, just for the concert. There must have been close to a hundred people in the activity center. The group, the Chestanag Family Band, plays here about once a month and for special events and they share the venue with other groups. They specialize in bluegrass gospel music and are very talented musicians. For $5 we got the two hour concert, popcorn and a drink, and a train ride!
The owners of this park are train enthusiasts and have installed a mile long two-foot track and imported a welsh coal mining train that can run with either their steam or diesel engines. The station and other buildings along the track, a barn and soon to be constructed chapel, are inspired by buildings that they saw in Wales
In addition to the 2-foot track, train enthusiasts have laid about 1/2 mile of seven inch track and the train that runs on it can also take passengers! Both tracks feature steam engines which are used when demand is strong enough to justify 'steaming up'. Otherwise the larger track has a diesel engine that they use.
Wales West is a great park with excellent facilities and a friendly atmosphere. This area has a lot of things to see and do. Hope we find our way back!