Thursday Doors – Doors For David

Railroad Signal House

I spent the early part of this week in Washington, D.C. Of course, I traveled on AMTRAK, and I wanted to get some pictures for my friend David Pennington in Ipswich, England. David is a big fan of trains and model trains, and since he frequently posts pictures of cranes for me, I thought I’d return the favor. I managed to get several pictures of track-side activity and a few interesting bits of rolling stock (I think that’s the term). I also managed to capture some doors and some scenery. But, those are all going to have to wait for other days, because…

In the center of the West Hall of Union Station in Washington, was The Union Station Holiday Train!

Since this layout included some wonderful little doors, in a few minutes, OK, a half an hour, I took an imaginary doorscursion and got some photos for David.

I don’t know much about the display, but it was fun to watch. It was also fun to see so many adults watching the toy, I mean model trains traversing their routes. The conductor periodically added an extra car, including a hand-truck at one point.

Tickets Please

My reactions are expressed in the captions. If you’re a fan of trains, or model trains, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re also a fan of doors, you need to stay on-board for the next station stop. That would be Montreal Junction, where Norm Frampton, the Engineer behind Thursday Doors resides. Check out Norm’s doors and then look for the little blue conductor. He will guide you into the rail yard where doors from all over the world are gathered.

The gallery has all the pictures I could dehaze (to remove the glare from the surrounding Plexiglass). You can click on any image to begin a slide show. Below the gallery are two short videos (16 and 21 seconds) that show the trains in motion.

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    1. I knew you would like this. I think you could get a job for the holidays, running the trains i Union Station.

      So many images in this one from a time when little town life depended on the railroad. Thanks for the link, sorry that it took me some time to approve it.


  1. Hoorayyyy! Trains and tiny things. I love scale model trains and towns. I always wanted a dollhouse growing up but, sadly, never got it. My favorite parts of course are the cave and lighthouse. Wonderful, Dan. A Pennington in the UK? I like it. They do go way back. Have a great rest of the week!

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    1. I would go broke if I started messing with model trains. I’m glad you liked the cave/min entrance, that was my favorite part, unless there’s a tavern in there that I missed ;)

      It does seem that Penningtons are everywhere. The one I know are very nice people.

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  2. I’m not not a fan of small trains in cute displays, but I am a fan of Union Station in Washington. And to know that these trains are there makes me happy. Nice contribution to Thursday Doors. I like the Mail Pouch one.

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  3. LOVE! That’s how it usta be in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. I’d need at least a half hour, too.
    For my two cents, the wooden balcony building on the river is one of those rustic seafood restaurants with beer splashed all over the floor and buckets for shells on every table :D See, trains open imagination!
    Great share!

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    1. I mentioned to Cheryl (above) that I like the mine shaft entrance but that I couldn’t find a tavern. Good to know that I can get some seafood and some grog in that place. Thanks! I like your imagination.

      I really enjoy these displays. The Science Museum in Pittsburgh has my favorite, all the places I remember from when I was a kid.

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  4. Wow, Dan, these are great! A few years ago, we saw a similar, but smaller, setup at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. What fun to watch and the detail is amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us as well as David and happy Thursday.


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    1. Thanks Janet. When a friend mentioned that this was usually in the West Hall, I had to check it out. I was there anyway, so it was perfect. It certainly made me smile all the way to my meetings.


    1. Teagan…I was going to chastise you for not going, but I understand. But, since I had to be there, I wasn’t going to miss seeing the trains. Of course, I’m a sucker for trains of all shapes and sizes, and Union Station is simply beautiful. Have a great day!

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      1. I agree that it’s beautiful. I think it’s lovely that they used to put such thought and work into the appearance of transit hubs. So many old train stations have a beauty that you never see in an airport or any modern “transportation spot.” Once I was in Mexico… it was actually a very rough part of town, but the train station was gorgeous, with hand painted tiles in blue and yellow, and fountains… just amazing.

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  5. This is a terrific display. Even if you’re not a train fan, this would capture your attention,

    One building you said you didn’t know what it was supposed to be….maybe an ice house? Looks like they’re handling blocks of ice. I love the Dalmatian standing in the boat!

    The attention to details in this display is incredible. Glad you shared this with us.


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    1. Thanks Ginger. I didn’t think about an ice house. You’re probably right. See, I didn’t stay long enough to immerse myself fully into the era.

      The details are amazing. I noticed one building that had what looked like some stuff that had spilled from a sack.


  6. Well this was a fun post. At first I thought it was going to be a real train but I think I like this even better. If I was there I’d probably linger a little too long admiring all the handiwork put into the fine details.
    Lots of great shots Dan – thanks for sharing this :-)

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  7. Love train sets to look at and train museums to go to. And a great excuse to give it to our boy when he was little. Interesting how things go in life – now the train is his mode of transportation for travels longer than an hour bike ride.

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  8. Love this! We have a nice model train museum with multiple displays in Balboa Park and I love to find all the little details they’ve added. My husband has his old set from childhood, but it’s boxed up in the garage… we should find someone who would appreciate it. What a lovely find in a magnificent building. Did you ever make it to your meeting?

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this.

      Btw. When you want to add an accent, hold you finger on the letter for a while and the options will pop up. Then, without lifting your finger, slide over the one you want to use. You can do it on numbers to. The zero can be 0 or °

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  9. Trains are so symbolic of the holiday season! This display is quite something. We used to have a train around our Christmas tree when the kids were younger. My son was (is still) a train fan. In fact, he told us he wants to put one this year again. Better hurry, though! Trains should never be late!

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  10. This is wonderful! You have outdone yourself on a doors post, Dan. The barn with the horse and wagon stole my heart. And, when was the last time I saw a barn painted advertising Mail Pouch chewing tobacco? Thanks!!

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  11. How fascinated I was by the detail! Everything looks so real that it’s almost as if the people and animals will move any second. Incredible! LOVED looking at each picture, Dan, and felt as if I had stepped into another time and place. Thank you so much for taking the time to take the pictures and videos. I really enjoyed this post! 🤗

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  12. I love the architecture of Union Station…has always impressed me, so thanks for that quick glimpse. Then what’s not to love about model railroads, towns, buildings, etc. What an incredible display and you really did a great job with the pictures…love it! Great find, Dan and thanks for sharing!!

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  13. I love this set up! I also love model trains. I have set up a little station and track along my hearth with Thomas the Train Wooden Railway pieces this year. #1 Grandson took his model train that he got last year for his birthday to his place for he and his mom to have around their tree this year.

    I believe the building you didn’t know what was going on is the “ice house”. The workmen are cutting blocks of ice, the boat is getting a new supply of ice blocks, and there are blocks of ice on the left second floor. I love it! So much detail! I adore miniatures. I’ve got a dollhouse and lots of furniture and bits and bobs for it. In my dollhouse the frig is an “ice box” with a block of ice, and tongs there are tongs to pick up the ice too.
    You can spend a lot of money getting the details just right. :)

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    1. Thanks for the explanation. I guess I didn’t get in sync with the time period well enough. I love that you have an ice box in the doll house. I know how hard they are to make, I can only imagine making the miniature. We get catalogs from places that sell tiny tools for making miniature furniture, and we get a catalog of micro-scale building material (like concrete blocks and 2x4s) – I could spend a fortune building stuff without ever leaving a small workbench!

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  14. Dan, your Union Station trains post is the best for Doors and gets me in the mood for Christmas, too. . .
    The beautiful huge tree with that gorgeous arch really gives me goosebumps. When I was a girl, Sterling Linder had a gigantic Christmas tree which was inside and all the departments in this store had balconies to view the sight. This brought back fond memories of my childhood and family trips to downtown Cleveland. Thank you for this share last week. . . 🎄🕊🌲

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this Robin. The huge tree is dwarfed by the building, but it looks so festive. I remember going into Pittsburgh to see the department store trees. My mother worked at Kaufmans. She used to take me downtown on the trolley.


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