The National Christmas Tree Railroad

Celebrating it’s 23rd year, the National Christmas Tree Railroad is again part of the display for this year’s National Christmas Tree and Santa’s Workshop, located in President’s Park on The Ellipse (MAP) in front of The White House.  And during this lunchtime bike ride I stopped by to enjoy the display for a little while.

The railroad is comprised of a group of large-scale model trains which has expanded each year and now include multiple tracks, trains, bridges and buildings.  It is sponsored and constructed by a group of non-paid volunteers who operate the electric trains in an elaborate display around the base of the tree.  It is one of my favorite aspects of the display, and makes a trip to see the National Christmas Tree worth it, even during the daytime.

 

[Click on the photos above to view the full size versions]

As the trains pass by, spectators try tossing coins into some of the train’s cars, much like a wishing well.
The money collected goes towards the cost of maintaining the National Christmas Tree Railroad.

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