Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Let the Show Begin!!!

Seeing is believing!! The Polar Express movie is the inspiration for this holiday train layout.

The tree at the North Pole. Circling the tree is the alpine ski run where Santa and some of the town folk are enjoying some well-earned time off. Note the compass points South in all directions!

The tree and ski slope at night.

Santa's getting some helpful hints on what this young boy would like for Christmas.

The elves are hard at work spinning the wheels of the handcart as they head back to the elf village.

The exhausted elves have returned with the handcart as others are helping themselves to freshly baked cookies. It looks like there's a hockey player on the pond again.

This picture was taken on December 9th, just before midnight. The elf is waiting for the number to change to "15"!

This is a shot of the Elf Toymaking School. There's the Polar Express train passing by just behind it.

Another shot of the Polar Express as it approaches the village.

The Polar Express has arrived at the village and is picking up a lucky passenger.

All passengers have boarded and the train is on its way to the North Pole.

As the Polar Express pulls out of the village station, the Tinsel Town freight train can be seen in the distance pulling a load of Christmas trees and other goods to the village operations yard.

This is a view looking away from the village along the trolley line to the train station depot.

This is one of two baggage station attendants who have been working around the clock for days and never complain about the amount of packages they have been handling.

In the operations yard, these gifts are about ready to be unloaded by one of the many volunteers who stop by to give a helping hand.

Seasonal box cars are lined up at the yard after they've been unloaded.

The lumber mill has been converted to a different use - to load the candy sticks onto a waiting flat car. On the adjacent track, barrels of peppermint powder are about to be unloaded.

A view of the operations yard as the Tinsel Express freight passes by.

A closer look at the peppermint powder barrels as they are about to be unloaded.

Another load of candy sticks is ready to be on its way.

The ice station attendant is busy shoveling blocks of ice into the ice car.

A batch of candy cane sticks is waiting for its turn to be unloaded.