Most of us who enjoy model railroading or model building likely shared the experience the Christmas tree and a train set. As a child, I looked forward to Christmas and the American Flyer set being set up under the Christmas tree.
Trains and the holidays have been connected in my mind since childhood. Trains for holiday travel were the only way to get to see family and friends when I was a child. The 1950s were the last era of train travel. Autos and planes relegated passenger trains to last option only slightly better than the Greyhound.
While trains may have started to fade from the public view, they stayed alive in the minds of many. We see a budding modeler building his layout and spending hours dreaming about what can be done. I found this picture on Shorpy and decided to use it. It did bring back memories of my childhood. Sixty some years later I am still dreaming about what can be done.
The header photo of the GRS S-2a semaphore was taken by Rick Leach of his property and NP railroad collection . The rolling stock, track and signal have been relocated.
Best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season.
Merry Christmas to all and to all good night!