Holiday season returns with opening of Christmas trains display
CHRISTMAS TRAINS SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
Nov. 23 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 – Noon to 4 p.m.
Nov. 27 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 28 – 10 am. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 29 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 30 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 – Noon to 4 p.m.
Thanksgiving is upon us; Christmas is right around the corner and as the Yuletide season approaches it is time once again for one of Grand County’s holiday traditions: the Christmas Trains.
Each year the members of Grand County’s Model Railroad Club come together to create an expansive model train display decorated in festive holiday style. The Christmas Trains display has been a hallmark of Middle Park’s holiday season for many years now, evoking an ethereal nostalgia for Christmases of a bygone era. While the popular local holiday display welcomes the general public, including county residents, second homeowners and foreign visitors, it is decidedly oriented towards families, with a special effort made to inspire its young visitors.
Over the past decade members of the Model Railroad Club, along with a myriad of other volunteers, have spent hundreds of hours each year constructing the Christmas Trains display in the fall only to tear down the entire setup shortly after the New Year. That dynamic changed last year, though, when the Christmas Trains display became a permanent exhibit in the larger Moffat Road Railroad Museum in Granby, securing its permanent home.
The display is quite large, covering roughly 1,100 square feet in a U-shaped formation while including over 125 separate buildings and four distinct villages. Multiple train lines run across the length and breadth of the display with 44 pieces of locomotive equipment and around 300 pieces of rolling stock. The display’s overall set up includes a mountain backdrop, a ski resort with operational ski lifts, over a dozen bridges and sections of elevated track.
The building at the museum that houses the Christmas Trains display has a ramp and is handicap accessible. The center portion of the display, in the center of the U-shaped structure that holds the display, also features a ramp that allows visitors to reach an elevated position above much of the expansive display.
New to this year’s Christmas Trains display is an additional Christmas village, a new main line train track, a new train yard, a toy factory and an elf factory. Many of the buildings that make up the villages in the display feature animated moving elements that help bring the display to animatronic life.
As in years past this year’s Christmas Trains display will include a scavenger hunt, with unique items hidden in plain site throughout the display. The scavenger hunt is broken down into two separate hunts; an easy hunt for children and a more difficult hunt for adults with roughly 15 different items to discover in each hunt. Display attendees receive a scavenger hunt clue sheet with questions that, once answered, will help lead hunters to the hidden items.
The Christmas Trains display will not charge an entry fee for the 2018 holiday season. Instead, Grand County’s Model Railroad Club and the Moffat Road Railroad Museum will be asking attendees for donations with a recommended donation of $1 for children 12 and under, and a $5 recommendation donation for adults.
This year the Christmas Trains display will officially open to the public on Black Friday, Nov. 23. at 10 a.m. The Christmas Trains display will remain open everyday, other than Mondays, until at least Jan. 6. You can find the Christmas Trains display at the Moffat Road Railroad Museum just west of Kaibab Park on Grand County Road 574 in Granby.
CHRISTMAS TRAINS FULL SEASON SCHEDULE
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