Hi everyone, we’re back after a brief break for Thanksgiving here in Canada!  We had the best long weekend, hanging out with our best friends and extended family.  My cheeks hurt from laughing today, and I believe this is a sign of having had a wonderful time.

Today’s post finds us once again at the BC Forestry Discovery Centre, continuing our photoblog series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys“.  We’re going to check out a really different toy they had in the playground that was just incredible in terms of detail, fun quotient and potential for creating yet another device that could get yours truly, The Toad, into a pot of trouble.

Aren’t these our favorite topics.

Playground Train - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Playground Train - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Who here feels their age?  Pretty much no one?  Good, you’ve come to the right place today.  This is a toy Vulcan train that was situated at the playground at the BC Forestry Discovery Centre.  Complete with all the details one would expect for such a fabulous toy, this train had it all…  the trucks, a piece of rail, smoke stacks, a front grill with a coupler of sorts, a step up into the locomotive cabin…  no detail was overlooked.

I have to admit, it took everything I had in me not to embarrass the entire group we were with this day and jump right onto this thing and start pulling an imaginary cord and shouting at the top of my Toady lungs “wooooooot woooooot!”  I realized that would have scared the children and decided against the notion.

Playground Train - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Playground Train - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Yep, you see that right.  That’s an engine.  In a toy.  To me this appeared to be a flat-head V8 engine from an early Ford, Chevrolet or Dodge.  Finding this still setup here really caused a cascade of questions to run through my head starting with “where ARE the keys?”

Does this imply this train once actually ran on the tracks here?  You’re not creating a case for me to stay off this thing!  Next question…  “how FAST does this thing go?”

Playground Train - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Playground Train - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Another rudimentary coupler back here, and in this shot we can clearly see the control cabin complete with levers and things.  If I had access to a toy like this when I was a kid, I would have moved in.  You would have needed a pneumatic crane to remove me.  Everyone almost did, anyways, but seriously…  I am pretty sure I would have hit this park, jumped on board this thing, and not left until the sun went down and the lights went off in the park.

Playground Train - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Playground Train - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

The smallest amount of imagination would be all that is required to really enjoy this toy.  I just love the fact that someone cared enough about the logging heritage of our area and decided to go through the effort to create something like this that is just so very unique and special.  And then, to bring it here and place it in the park for children to enjoy for years to come…  what a fabulous thing to do!

I have no idea if this actually ran, and if so for what purpose and where.  But, with the engine still clearly installed, it’s not a stretch to think such.  The BC Forestry Discovery Centre clearly is setup for kids of all ages to come and enjoy.  And enjoy we certainly did!

We’re just scratching the surface here in terms of the photos we’ve brought back from this visit, so if you’re having as much fun following along as we are in bringing this series to you we encourage you to stay tuned for future posts.  And in the meantime, please feel free to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors!




  1. I love trains . . . don’t have enough of them here in my neck of the woods! Great shots and cute topic. And Happy Thanksgiving (a little late!)

  2. What a great place. Awesome shots Toad and frankly I think you should have jumped on board. You only live once after all 🙂

  3. Great great blog today Toad. I can see you very clearly sitting on this, with a wide grin, making “woo hoo” and “chugga chugga” noises, then shooing everyone else away so you could grab photos. “Just one more.” “Oh, and another angle.” “Oh look – a real engine!!!”
    I’m just smiling and smiling thinking about it.

    • 🙂 What wonderful comments, Mark, I can’t begin to thank you enough for those! We really love it when you have a chance to pop by, you always leave us the best thoughts, my friend. Thank you SO much!!!

  4. avatar Rick says:

    I don’t think kids these days get enough physical stimulation and use of mechanical things. When i see old mechanical toys like this it brings joy to my heart. Pushing and pulling levers is that tactile stimulation that is missing in education. I like that feedback – something a computer doesn’t give you. Thanks for sharing today.

  5. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    That is soooo cool! Love it Toad!

  6. avatar Jim Denham says:

    I’m with you Toad, if I could have, I would have! What an awesome piece for the young ones (and older ones) to enjoy! The amount of detail put into the cab could have kept me busy for days! Awesome display of this wonderful piece!

  7. avatar Jan Winther says:

    That looks like a pretty cool place to get really up close.
    Great stuff Toad.

  8. It’s a train!! Enough said! That is THE coolest playground toy I have ever seen! These are really cool pictures. I probably would have got in there and made the woot woot sounds – haha! If that thing did run at one time I’ll bet it moved pretty good! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving weekend Toad!

  9. avatar Jax184 says:

    I visited the BC forest museum for the last time when I was 5 years old, which would have been in 1993. I fondly remember this little loco. I loved fiddling with it. I’ve wondered ever since where it came from. Now as a 5 year old I was no expert, but I remember feeling like it must have been a running locomotive at one point. My mother helped me to determine that the levers and such in the cab were controlling Something on the underside and in the engine bay, they weren’t just pieces of metal hinged at the floor. Be sure to let us know if you ever find out where it came from.

    • This is exactly why we do what we do!! It’s so great to hear from you, my friend, thank you for your visit & sharing your memories with us, it really means a lot. I see in our follow-up post that you got the answer you were looking for regarding the origin and make of the train. Once again kind friend, thank you so much for taking the time to visit & for your incredible comments!!