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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 17, 2017

Santa’s house opens with a toot

Nov 27, 2017
Santa Claus shows off one of his train sets that he brought to display at the Santa House during the holiday season.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

Visitors to Santa’s house in the iTech Building at 110 W. Main St. will not only get the chance to meet the jolly old elf, but will also get to see one of Santa’s hobbies as it chugs around the scale model track.

As Santa’s house opened on Saturday, people waiting in line got to see the running of the train set that was displayed on two specially designed tables. Many of the scale buildings and vehicle were lit with either LED or other lighted medium. Several of the buildings bore the names of businesses that had at one time been open in Washington, including Kurtz Music, Golden Crest Realty and Winga’s Restaurant. Santa said John Winga had the chance to see the Winga’s restaurant and had been touched to tears.

“I’m obsessive, according to Mrs. Claus,” Santa said, when asked about the train. “I enjoy building the scenery, the houses and all the little scenes. With me it isn’t so much about running the trains, but it’s coming up with an idea for a scene and making that happen.”

He remembers having a train set when he was young. He said at one time he had opened a store in a mall that boasted a larger train set. Santa said that in his off-season, he will sometimes spend as much as six hours a day working on the railroad.

Currently there are four layouts Father Christmas built himself displayed. Three are in Washington and one is on display in Florida. The two specially designed tables in the iTech center join together allowing trains to run from one table to the other. The tables are built to be folded up to work on the wiring underneath. Santa commented that the flip-up tables are easier for the elves to work on.

“I like things that blink and move, and scenes,” he said. “This year we have scenes of Santa flying off his own runway. Santa is encorporated into the mountain — you have heard of Mt. Rushmore, we have Mt. Clausmore. There is an air traffic controller for Santa. There is a wedding chapel at the North Pole and a bride throwing her bouquet.”

Santa said the ideas for the scenes come simply when he envisions a scene and decides to create it.

The scenes are built in HO Scale, which is 1:87 size.

Santa’s House will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 26. The house will then be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2; 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3; 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9; 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10; 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14; 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16; 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 17; 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21; and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22.

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