Well, like the title says, we did not have a train for Santa to come in on this year…mechanical problems... so we had a Santa-no-Train. Yeah, sounds dumb, but we just could not let the kids down. We expected a much larger crowd because the train did not run up the Shore this year, but we still had close to 200 people and 80 kids got to see our own Santa and Mrs Claus. We had to break in some new elves, and they were wonderful! Our staff and helpers all pulled together to make this a great success even if the only trains running were on our layouts.
Here are a few shots of Santa arriving on a trailer pulled by one of our police vehicles driven by our police Chief. (as many of you know, we no longer have a fire department, a loooong sad story I will NOT get into here.) So we built a little building we were going to call the Elves Workshop – but a local kid pronounced it Elvis’s workshop and wondered if we were going to have Elvis at the Station (SIGH)… so we changed it to Santa’s workshop – elf entrance. That was put on a lawn tractor trailer with a bench and decorations and worked quite well bringing Santa, Mrs Claus and our brave new elves to the station. It was fun.
Here are some of the folks who came to visit and a few of the cherubs who promised Santa they had been good… LOL! I remember the year one kid produced a page long list, told Santa it was his copy so he didn’t forget anything this year! He seriously acknowledged Santa was getting a little long in the tooth, and like his grandpa, maybe Santa was having memory problems. It was all we could do to keep from rolling on the floor with laughter! Bless their little hearts. Anyway – here are a few of this year’s pix, if blogger will let me do anything like that. (grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr)
I do hope you will have a happy and safe Holiday Season, whatever you celebrate!