Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Little King Michael runs railroad

December 23, 1928

Seven-year-old King Michael of Roumania "scrambled into the cab" of a new Roumanian built railroad that was christened "King Mihai I" by his grandmother, Queen Marie. The entire Roumanian royal family was presented for the ceremony. The railroad's conductor "explained the workings of the different mechanical parts" to the little king, who then astounded everyone "by explaining in detail how, in comparison, an electric locomotive runs." His mother, Princess Helen, had given him as a Christmas present a miniature model train.
With the driver on one side and with his Aunt Ileana on the other side of the cab, Michael rode the new freight train for "a distance of a mile amid many cheers from the crowd."

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