At the museum yesterday, my favorite site was the Roundhouse, which is where the locomotives were put into bays for storage and cleaning. There were all sorts of interesting displays, of course. This was one of my favorites. After WWII, the country of France gifted the United States with a train of 49 Gratitude Cars, one for each of the 48 states at the time, and one for the District of Columbia, to thank the country for saving theirs. This is the NC car. I had never heard of that, but after visiting the D-Day Memorial last year, I loved seeing it.
There was also an entire room dedicated to flight in North Carolina. Needless to say, Kitty Hawk was the centerpiece. The kids loved getting their pictures made with the plane in the background. And Charlie, especially, loved remembering that we had see pieces of the original plane when we were at the Smithsonian last year.