By Mike Lauterborn
(for Fairfield Citizen News)
Fairfield, CT – As the Community Tree electrified the night Friday evening and revelers gradually wandered from the festivities on the Town Green, they followed a candlelit path to yet another highlight of the holiday season kickoff: the Holiday Express Train Show.
Set up in the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the annual exhibit, coordinated by Fairfield-based Housatonic Model Railroad Club and the Connecticut G-Scalers Club, offered working model trains winding around a spectacularly decorated tree and through detail-precise holiday scenery. A mini camera mounted on one train even offered a train’s-eye perspective, with live footage broadcast on an adjacent monitor.
Parents and children alike took delight in the display, peering along lengths of track as locomotives rounded corners and zoomed down straightaways.
For many adults, the show was a fond remembrance of their own childhood train sets. For children, it was an inspiration setting off a desire for their own home sets, which they hoped to find underneath their Christmas trees.