At Christmas
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      AT THE WRIGHT HOUSE, home of the Normaned Railroad, trains emerge from their boxes at Christmas time to decorate the fireplace mantle, tops of bookcases, and even the dining room table. Gifts from family members and friends over the years in the shapes of a variety of trains, locos and cabooses, are displayed in this holiday season.

On the mantle are numerous trains and locomotives made of wood, metal, even candles, They are lined up facing a model of New York's old Penn Station.

On the bookshelf there is even a loco made of chocolate, and a train in a snow globe.

  On the computer shelf are various sized locos, many from Avon, some from Hallmark, ..............

  ........ and atop the TV is a squat little Christmas train which can light up.

In the dining room, a Holiday Express stretches out across the table, a 1998 offering from the J.C. Penney company, and gifts from two daughters.

Above the long train are holiday cars which appeared in 1999, including a Millennium car, to round out the set.

Above: A lineup of  Hallmark collector Keepsake Ornaments shows (left to right) the Lionel Hudson, the Lionel 1950 Santa Fe diesel, the Chessie Steam special, a Norfolk and Western steam loco, a "General," a GG1, and the S.P diesel. All the Hallmarks were patterned from Lionel model engines, and were for sale from 1996 to 2000.

Left: The "Kringle Christmas Trolley" which is a lighted Keepsake ornament, designed to be hooked up to a miniature light on the Christmas tree.

From some Christmases past - a G-gauge battery operated plastic train and a little wind-up train set. Below: The Polar Express, another G-gauge train, appears from its box, as Norm received the book, "The Polar Express," as a gift.

Santa Claus and others added to the Normaned Christmas trains in 2004:
Lionelville with two working trains,
about one-half size of Z-scale.
A fiber optic village with working train.

Hardcarved wood loco from Thailand, about 13" long, a glass tray with Christmas train design, and a Hallmark Keepsake:

Hiawatha steam loco, tender and observation car. (detail below)

The Christmas tree features numerous "train" ornaments, as well as a Santa train tree skirt.

On the couch is a blanket decorated with all different railroad emblems, as patches, sewn into the shapes of a loco, two cars and a caboose, riding on a rather uneven "track" of more patches.

All photographs on this page by Florence Wright.
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