Last year, I did a Christmas on the railroads themed study. It ended up being one of my most viewed studies. So, I decided to do another this year. But first, I picked up these first two pics because they present interesting subjects.
This is a great pic showing the tiny point of friction between the wheel and the rail. If you ever wondered about the limited tractive effort on some locos, this pic tells you why.
Broken axle – I had to put this on because it reminded me of the models that have split axles.
Now to the Christmas theme – I tried this year to do mostly stations decked out in holiday spirit, but quite a few trains snuck in.
found a whole set of holiday photos of the Kansas City Union Station – here’s a couple. A cityscape of Union Station and downtown Kansas City, MO lit up for Christmas.
Another look at Union Station in Kansas City.
Smithville, NJ has a Christmas train for family entertainment – Well okay, on our standards it’s questionable as a train! It’s one of those smaller trains designed for kids to ride in. But check out the pics – pretty nice. Here’s Christmas at the barn In Smithville.
The Smithville station and gift shop.
CP runs a Christmas train each year. I’m never sure if I’m getting this year’s pics, or previous years – but it doesn’t matter… CP Rails Holiday Train drifts past a crowd of admirers at picturesque Westport on the D&H. Falling snow completes this holiday scene.
New Freedom, PA – nice pic of their holiday train.
I might have used a similar pic of this train last year. The decorated heritage locomotive at Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario
Livvy’s Mom’s world! (No info on the loco – just that mom thinks it’s cool!)
This is the Pioneer Zephyr exhibit with a little holiday decor, Chicago.
SP #4449 is lit nicely for the holidays.
CP at work again.
“For the first time, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train takes over the Colonie Main since CP no longer owns the south end. Here is the CP #2246, and EMD GP20C-ECO, leading the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, a great way to start off the Holiday Season!” (This is from November 28, 2015 – but just as cool today.)
One more of the CP Holiday Train – nice shot!
…Still another great pic of the CP Holiday train.
No info with this pic, but I believe this is SP #794.
Again – not a lot of info with the pic, but I think this is AT&SF #1010. I’m not sure when they painted it bright red, but whether this is a holiday photo or not, a bright red loco fits well.
On the HuckleBerry RR, Mount Morris, MI, the 6:40 train has just arrived back at the station. They are loading the 7:30 train. On the head end of the train is #464. December 26, 2009. (Nice to see a decorated caboose.)
The Niles Canyon Railroad (CA) Christmas Train is a beautiful ride in antique trains that have been decorated lights & Christmas decorations.
Check out the interior of this dining car at Niles Canyon RR.
I had a lot of pics of the Tweetsie RR Christmas train last year – here’s another pic of it.
Here’s another Christmas train that’s not so much real in our books, but still brings the spirit – the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express.
I believe I had a pic of the Polar Express by Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad last year – another for this year.
The caption with this pic is an ad – but sounds good to me: “This real life Polar Express train ride in Connecticut comes with hot chocolate, singing elves, and a visit from Santa himself!”
Here’s the Central hall of a railway station during Christmas time – I believe this is in Europe. Great architecture!
And to finish thing off, here’s the old train station with Christmas lights at Frontier Park in St. Charles, MO.
I hope you can spend your Holidays with family, friends, and some trains.