Resting beneath natural light from the skylights mounted above it, the hulking figure of the 1.2 million-pound Union Pacific Big Boy cloaks visitors in a shadow that stretches for nearly 50 yards. As guests ascend the monstrous cab of this steam locomotive, they enter the centerpiece of the National Railroad Museum, a chamber echoing with more than 150 years of American railroading history.
After exiting Big Boy, guests can view a computer-generated porter that recounts how African-American rail workers formed the nation's first all-black labor union, and another stop invites passengers to view inside a portion of General Eisenhower's WWII command train. Elsewhere in the museum, various collections are housed with more than 15,000 photographs, archives such as maps and engineering drawings, and more than 5,000 artifacts including uniforms and tools.
The National Railroad Museum has over 60 pieces of rolling stock, including diesel, steam, and electric locomotives, and passenger and freight cars. Among these are some of the most influential and unique pieces in railroading history, including a number of items that pertain to the state of Wisconsin.
Other must-sees of the museum include General Motors’ experimental Aerotrain; the streamlined Pennsylvania Railroad No. 4890, a GG-1 electric locomotive; and the Frederick Bauer Drumhead Collection, the largest, single collection of railroad drumheads known to exist in the United States. Most facilities are accessible, except where rolling stock cannot be altered due to their historic nature. The Museum’s train ride is accessible, and a wheelchair lift is available.
A train ride is offered on a daily basis from May through September and guided tours are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Museum also hosts a variety of special events for all ages.
At Bay Area Yoga, a medley of moldable mentors, all nationally registered with the Yoga Alliance, are on hand to help beginner benders and flexperts alike. Nirvana newbees looking to build on their basic abilities will benefit from the self-paced beginner class, which focuses on developing strength, flexibility, stamina, and concentration. More dexterous disciples can opt to flex an already malleable muscle in the advanced course, which combines precision of alignment with an awareness of the breath-body connection, or quiet a mind traumatized by work, school, and Gilbert Gottfried–narrated audio books in asana breath meditation. Loose-limbed guests stuck in rigid routines will appreciate the flexible class schedule, and Bay Area Yoga happily supplies students with any necessary class props such as mats, straps, blocks, and cupcakes carefully positioned just out of reach.
Set in a space hosting saloons and pubs since 1885, Townline's kitchen churns out a breakfast menu as well as a main menu featuring gourmet pizza and other pub grub. Sports-tuned TVs captivate patrons who supplement pub fare by exploring the bar’s copious list of draft-beer offerings. In addition to giving to community charities, Townline's genial staff spreads its characteristic generosity by frequently honoring competitor's coupons and serving a free drink to those celebrating a birthday or new pompadour haircut.
The extensive facilities at Bisbee Golf Center, which include a driving range with 40 grass tees and a 5,000-square-foot putting green, set the stage for practice and improvement under the expert eyes of professional teachers. Since opening the center in 1988, owner Jeff Bisbee, a Class A PGA professional, and his father, Doug, a PGA Class A member since 1962, have helped students lower scores and increase their enjoyment of the game through private and group lessons. Their instruction involves thorough analysis of the swing to identify areas for improvement, calling upon computer-aided techniques to break down the swing into its most basic components of backswing, downswing, and bowing to vanquished opponents.
Fitnessology's crew of professional fitness consultants, nutrition counselors, and pain relievers works to help patrons meet their health and fitness goals with personal training, nutrition counseling, and small-group classes. Since she opened the business in 1995, owner Jacqueline Larsen, a fitness trainer since 1980 and a nationally ranked bodybuilder from 1994 to 2003, has focused on aiding clients in their quests for total-body wellness by teaching them how to integrate fitness, healthy habits, and thumb wars into their everyday lives. She is so committed to total wellness that she has created The Clinic—a subset of the Fitnessology facility that treats muscular pain and is staffed by a chiropractor, neuromuscular therapist, and corrective exercise specialist. Their thorough assessments and medical-term quizzes help them assess and understand pain before treating conditions that include lower-back pain, headaches, tennis elbow, and motion restrictions.
For 26 years, Titletown Fitness has been toning physiques and promoting general fitness with an array of amenities. Decorated with advanced cardio equipment, such as elliptical trainers and recumbent stationary bikes, Titletown gets hearts racing without the threat of wind burn in a spotless facility that welcomes patrons of all fitness levels. A full selection of free weights and strength-training machines gives body builders a chance to reinforce muscular foundations, and a 40-foot lap pool confers full-body swimming workouts along with the feeling of weightlessness. Members can take advantage of on-site childcare for an additional charge ($1.50/child), which lets little ones play under the watchful eye of chaperones.