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Holidays and Trains

Holidays and Trains!

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What is the connection between Holidays and Trains? They just seem to be naturally associated with each other. Getting an electric train for Christmas is one of the most memorable gifts that a child ever receives (except maybe an air rifle as in the movie "Christmas Story", but at least the train set isn't likely to "put someone's eye out", so the train comes out a little ahead:). Did it start in the 1800's when the passenger trains traveled through the snow-covered hills to bring families together during the Holiday Season? Or was it the big model train companies, like Lionel and American Flyer, that advertised heavily for families to buy trains for Christmas gifts during the pre- and post-war days of the 1940s and '50s.  Also movies like "The Polar Express" perpetuated the excitement. Whatever the reason, model trains are definitely a big hit around November and December every year.  Here are some of the items that are especially popular during that time...