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A Railroad Christmas 2020

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth and I would like to share our Christmas Tree with all readers of my web site. May you all have a blessed Christmas Season in this dark year of 2020.

Our Christmas Tree 2020 version. Around the train is the Polar Express G scale train with authentic bell, whistle and a famous line from the film.

The ornaments on the Guenzler Family Christmas Tree. Elizabeth started collecting the Hallmark Lionel ornaments when they started in 1998. Her hobby of musicals is represented by the Playbill Broadway Musical Ornaments and the others are representative of her English heritage and railway museums she has visited, among others.

The Guenzler Family Christmas Tree 2020.

Our Lenox Christmas Village.

Our Christmas Stocking.

My next stop was 1412 East Palm Avenue in Orange.

A Narrow Gauge Christmas Train, hand-built over the years by Greg Smith. This was started in 1983 when he and his family moved here. The project started with the caboose, then Greg built the engine, tender and coal car. It evolved over time and no diagrams nor plans were used, instead he studied pictures in detail and constructed them in the manner that he envisioned they should look. The cars had to be big enough for him to climb in. Greg has a life-long interest in Colorado narrow gauge railways, which grew from visiting Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm when he was a child. In fact, this Christmas train is the second train he has built; the first was in the late 1960's and he used to operate the engine up and down the street.

Next we went to Oakmont Avenue in Orange.

The scene in the front yard.

An inflatable Thomas the Tank Engine from Sodor Tree Farm.

We hope you have enjoyed this view of our Christmas during this pandemic. May the best be with all of you and hopefully we will see each of you next year.