Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert has always loved trains. One might say it's genetic, as Hebert's father, Walter Hebert, worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 34 years.
Hebert and his wife, Pat, were honored at a private reception in June 2015 where the name of the new wooden play structure was revealed. The Heberts won the rights to name the engine and 3-car long wooden train at the Railroad Museum's 2014 annual gala, and despite the terrible weather in May, the reception and ribbon cutting were a big success.
From now on, the play train will be known as "Wawa's Train."
Walter Hebert couldn't say his first name when he was a little boy, so he called himself Wawa. Almost everyone in the Hebert family, except for Walter's own children, called him Wawa, including grandchildren and even many of his co-workers at Santa Fe Railroad.
The play train was built by Amish craftsmen and delivered to the museum in October 2014. The new structure gives visiting children the chance to play outdoors, while watching trains that pass by on a daily basis.