Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Trains (at the Nixon Library)

I did something like this a few years back showing an old low quality video at the Nixon Library. Almost every year the TCA (Train Collectors Assocation) puts out a model train exhibit in one of the big rooms at the Nixon Library. I say "almost" because last year I was there and they did not have it because the room was being used to show some gifts Nixon had received (or were on loan) from a few foreign countries. This year they were back in business with The Holiday Festival of Trains.

The video will give you a better idea of how the trains work since there is a lot of movement involved with them. These pictures will give you an idea of the different models they used for each.

In the first picture I wanted to get George Washington crossing the Delaware. That is always there. The train model here is supposed to be Parkerville, USA. It is named after John Parker the TCA historian and veteran model railroader. It is supposed to represent the trains of the early 1900's.Many of the buildings and scenery pieces are collectables from 1910-1930's era.
This is New York, New York. The trains featured in this one are supposed to be part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). Which is one of the oldest subway systems in the world.
There is a little Christmas-like village here.
As one of the trains passes it:
This is supposed to represent the 1890's American West. Like something you would see in Monument Valley. I tried to take this picture as the train above and the one below came through about the same time.
About to come around the corner. They had a bunch of model buildings like you might see at a train station in an old western.
The north pole. This is based on The Polar Express book and movie. There are a couple of different levels of track on this one. The trains come out and then back in tunnels on each side. You might be able to see Santa Claus with his reindeer flying around at the top.
I took tons of pictures, but I think these few gives you an idea of what they did this year.