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Toy trains as a part of the Christmas tradition

The history of toy trains and their association with many of the traditions of Christmas is the subject of the November program 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Glenwood Railroad Museum, across the street from the Hotel Denver on Seventh Street. Museum volunteer and board president Pat Thrasher will present this illustrated program that explores the history of toy trains and the origins of the tradition of toy trains as a Christmas gift. The program is free and open to the public.

Almost as long as there have been trains and railroads, there have been toy trains. Whether intended as gifts for little boys or for use as a part of the seasonal decorations in the home, there is a long and colorful association between toy trains and the traditions of Christmas. This program will explore origins of the Christmas village and when trains first became a part of world under the Christmas Tree. Names like Lionel, American Flyer and Marx Toys will be discussed as the history of toy trains is explored in some detail. The toy trains in the collection of the Glenwood Railroad Museum will also be discussed.

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