I think was around 4 to 5 when I took my first train ride. I remember it being late evening and dark. I was there with my mom and baby brother (around one year old), when we boarded. It was very cold, I suspect it was some time during the winter. I remember looking up toward the engine and seeing the steam escaping, as the conductor helped me and my mom up the steps.
I believe we were headed some where north, and it took quite a while to get there. I fell asleep along the way, and then it was morning when we got there.