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.
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.