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November 29, 2013

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Pendleton train display returns for another Christmas season


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Also, the Pendleton Historical Society will hold a cookie sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 7. Santa Claus will be stopping by each Saturday and Sunday from 1 until to 3 p.m.

What Gilbert enjoys the most about the display is watching the kids enjoying the trains. There’s a variety of trains, including a limited edition Coors Light train, modeled after the train that appears in the popular beer brand’s commercials. Gilbert loves to tinker with the display, making sure it’s always different each year.

And, if watching the trains and the animated displays wasn’t enough, try to find all of the cows, Gilbert challenges. Last year, it was hippos that were spread throughout the two-tier display.

The two dozen or so trains on display is just a fraction of the number of trains Gilbert and family have. He estimated his collection is well over 100 and the number of tracks almost endless.

It’s a passion of Gilbert’s, as he’s been collecting trains since receiving his first as a 5-year-old boy in 1938. Having an interest in trains can help a person learn math, engineering and how electricity works, as well as develop some problem-solving skills.

”You learn a lot,” Gilbert said.

PENDLETON TRAIN DISPLAY • WHERE: 6570 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton Historical Society (next to the blue water tower) • WHEN: Starts today from 5 until 9 p.m. and continues 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, then continues the next two weekends at the same times • COST: Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children, kids under 5 are free

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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