This Christmas season is a time for many different traditions to continue on throughout the family. Many families celebrate the holidays and decorate the home in different ways. One thing that some families have enjoyed doing is using a train set that becomes part of the holiday decorations. I am not sure where that tradition came from, but it is a part of many different homes and enjoyed by children, as well as adults. Some have a special table in the home for the train and its track to chug along. In other homes families have the train chug along on a circular track that goes around the Christmas tree. Your little Thomas and Friends fans will love to help set up the track and watch the trains as it makes it way along your own miniature railway. Most Thomas and Friends fans love all trains, not only the trains form the Island of Sodor. You can find many different trains for your holiday decorations that come along with houses and other buildings with a holiday winter theme.
As a child, our family would have a winter themed train that went on the coffee table. Laid out around the track were scenes from a miniature town with a church, homes, and stores. We would also place fake decorative snow around the tiny buildings. Although it was very fun to watch the people and the trains, one of the things that I enjoyed most of all was setting up the trains the holiday scenery. Those are some of my fondest memories of Christmas during my youth.
All Around the United States there will be celebrations for National Train Day on May 12,2012. Train lovers can visit NationaTrainDay.com to see events that are happening in their area. Although major events are being planned for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia; there will be events in many cities throughout the United States. While you are on NationalTrainDay.com you can also enter online to win a travel vacation with Amtrak trains.
Lifonier Valley Rail Road Association is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Model Railroda Home Tour between Harrison City and Ligonier in Pennsylvania. There will be several different model train displays at multiple locations. The tour will scheduled for April 28th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 16. You can visit http:www.lvrra.org for additional information.
There will be a toy show expo this September at the Buffalo Central Terminal in Buffalo, New York. The train Expo’s scheduled date is September 8th and September 9th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One of the area’s largest assemblages of toy and model train vendors from the Northeast selling trains of all gauges and vintages. Purveyors of railroad antiques, DVDs, books, photographs and other associated ephemera known as “railroadiana” will also be on hand. Historians will be available to tell stories of Buffalo’s past important position as the second largest railroad hub in North America. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 free.
You will be able to see the toy train Expo at the Buffalo Central Terminal that had be in use since the 1929. For over 50 years trains traveled to and from that terminal; 1979 was the year that the last train left the terminal.
Freemont Public Library in Mundelein, Illinois will be having a model train and model circus display March 23rd and March 24th. Thomas and Friends fans will be delighted to see the Thomas and Friends model trains along with many other circus trains. There will also be a model circus display that will include circus tents and circus animals.