07 May 2008

Philadelphia III

It's only been seven and a half months, but at last I'm able to get pictures of our Philadelphia trip uploaded here....

Our main purpose for going to Philadelphia, as I said before, was to see the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute. We took the train into the city, then walked from the station out to the museum.

I don't know who approved this statue, but he/she/it shouldn't have. Not only is it ugly, but it's also a fountain - with the water issuing out from the backside of the figure at upper right. What were these people thinking of?

The front of the Franklin institute, with the King Tut logo and the picture on the steps. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the exhibit, alas - I would have really liked one of the peculiar signage on a couple of the display cases.

My wife (N), older daughter (K) and younger daughter (A) across the street from the museum entrance.

I'm a little more daring (or foolish, if you prefer) when it comes to jaywalking, so I got across the street first. Here come the rest of them....

For me, the other big attraction at the Franklin Institute was the Baldwin 60000 locomotive - a 4-10-2 built in 1926. It was hard to get a good picture of it, partly because it's painted black and partly because it's so bloody big - and it's inside the building, so you can't step back from it to shoot the whole thing. Here I am to provide scale.

The locomotive is set up on a section of track so that it can be moved back and forth a short distance, using hydraulics. Here K and A are sitting in the cab, listening to the guide's talk.

Another picture of the locomotive, taken from the balcony at cab level. The engine is 45' 2" (13.77 m) long - 86' 11" (26.49 m) including the tender - and the drivers are 63.5 inches (161.3 cm) in diameter.

K looks at the telescope in the astronomy display at the museum. They have a lot of hands-on exhibits; the kids enjoyed them, though unfortunately a few of them weren't working.

K and A looking at the fountain in Logan Square, across the street from the museum.

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