Madrid – Picture Post

Pictures from our visit to Madrid.  Check out the awesome website from Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid a railway museum.

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This was an amazing color coded cross section of a steam engine.

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Number 9 of 10 and only surviving 242-F-2009 which rain from 1955 to 1974 and had a top speed of 150km/hr (90mph) the fastest steam engine in Spain.  FYI the speed record for steam engines is 203 kph (126 mph) set in Britian by a 4-6-2 named the Mallard in 1938.

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Matthew, our little train engineer, was in heaven!

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Just operating a train! These boys will grow up not really knowing what a landline telephone is.

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Matthew's favorite.

Matthew’s favorite.

 

A train from 1950 running at 135kph and revolutionary with inclusion of air conditioning, separate reclining seats and doors at platform height.

A train from 1950 running at 135kph and revolutionary with inclusion of air conditioning, separate reclining seats and doors at platform height.

The boys in the passenger train from the 50s.

The boys in the passenger train from the 50s.

We walked past the Museo Nacional del Prado, a modern art museum.  Richard was the only one who was looking forward to this, as the rest of us were tired and ready to go home.  You can't do it all, especially with kids!

We walked past the Museo Nacional del Prado, a modern art museum. Richard was the only one who was looking forward to this, as the rest of us were tired and ready to go home. You can’t do it all, especially with kids!

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Modern art or fat baby head? You decide.

The crystal cathedral, within the Parque de el Retiro.  It was built for a world expo that happened in Madrid.

The Palacio de Cristal, within the Parque del Retiro. It was built in 1887 to exhibit plants and animals from the Philippines.  It is designed to be disassembled and moved but has sat in its location since construction.  Wish they would have stayed with the Philippines instead of Federico Guzmán’s Tuiza: The Cultures of the Bedouin Tent.

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One of the only statues in the world of Lucifer.

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Plaza Majora, lots of shopping, restaurants and people watching.

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Can you see the headless man?

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Inside the Palacio Real de Madrid.  What should we put in the front hall…. I know a 10 feet tall statue of my Dad, Charles III, dressed in a Roman Toga.

We are always on the hunt for a good park.  This one was packed with kids and right near the house.

We are always on the hunt for a good park. This one was packed with kids and right near the house.

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