Monday, January 7, 2013

I hear the train a comin'

Here I am at Union Terminal.  Originally built in 1933 as a train station, Union Terminal is a National Historic Landmark and local treasure.   In 2007, it was voted one of the country’s most popular buildings by the American Institute of Architects.
 In 1990 it officially opened as Cincinnati Museum Center.
I am not going to show you the famous murals today.  I am here to show you the Duke Energy Holiday Trains.  Well I, Sweet William The Scot, am going to wait in the car while Lee shows you the trains, because I would want to chase them.
Duke Energy Holiday Trains began in 1946 in partnership with the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad.
The portable model grew, as the railroad grew, through the 1940s, '50s and into the '60s.

These are two of the Conductors who run the trains from this control panel board.
One of the trains stopped and needed maintenance and this Conductor popped up in the display to get the train going.  You can see the size of the miniatures by seeing him.
In 2011, Duke Energy gifted the trains to Cincinnati Museum Center to ensure the trains and beautiful historic displays will stay in Greater Cincinnati.
More than 9 million people have come to see the Duke Energy train display.
The display is one of the largest portable models in the world.
Well Sunday the 6th was the last day to see the display till it opens next holiday season.
Lee just made it in time!
Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine.
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Snow on my road.  This is such a pretty snow.  The world looks so black and white, but this is a color photo.


  1. Hey Sweet William!
    Wow, what a fun place! Please tell Lee how much we liked seeing this. My peeps think it's totally cool, but I'd wanna chase those trains too. BOL
    BTW: Mom has that prison song in her head now! BWAR HAR HAR That snow pix proves that we "ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when"...
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  2. It certainly keeps the seventy year old kids busy!

  3. wow moms little grandson loves trains...he would have loved to see all of them!!
    stella rose

  4. Oh my dog - my dad has just become a model train fanatic - I AM NOT showing him these pictures - he would become even more obsessed :)

  5. The old station building looks wonderful and what an absolutely magnificent model railway. Next thing, Sweet William, you must make Lee take you for a ride on a proper train. It's such good fun.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (seasoned train traveller).

  6. Oh, Dad was all beside himself with the train Pic's, that was his greatest toy while a wee laddie Scot. Sorry you didn't get to chase them

    Thanks to Lee
    Your Bestest Pals
    Susie & Bites

  7. That is some train set. That must be great job for someone looking after it. We are impressed and we also love your snow pic. Have a marvelous Monday now.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. Oh my dat is quite impressive! Them model trains is like like a whole nudder world. I bet it was way betters to sees in da furs though.

    I has a train track in my back yard but my trains are louder and we does try to chase 'em.


  9. OH MY... Sw. Wm. I can tell you that Ernie and I would have had to stay in the car too. Those are amazing train lay outs... just gorgeous... We are so glad that you showed this to us.
    Mom says that she has seen the OUTSIDE of that building..

    THANKS Sweet William... this was fabulous.

  10. OH... We got so excited we furgot to tell you that your SNOW pic is Gorgeous... OUR snow is mostly melting away... YEA fur THAT.

  11. Cool Drool! I bet da peeps on dat twain dat needed da maintenance thought dey were being attacked by a big monster man! :)

  12. Cool drool trains. And that snow photo is beautiful.

  13. What a cool exhibit!! We're going to send a link to your blog to Cowspotdog's mom, cuz she got their dad a model train for Christmas and SHE's doing all the decorating. She'll like your post, too!!

    -Bart and Ruby

  14. I just love traveling by train

    Stop on by for a visit

  15. Now that's cool William! In my town we have these ride on steamer trains. You actually sit, really straddle, on these little cars and ride on a little track. It's all volunteer and very cool for this little ones. Of course, Mr. Fox & Scruffy would love to chase them, just like you! Thanks for taking us on another adventure!
    Alyssa, Mr. Fox & Scruffy

  16. Those are some pretty cool trains Sweetie!! We could have fun chasing them, hehehe. I hope you are feeling better from my bad toy choice, I just feel awful bout it. I would never in a million yrs want to make you sick!!!

    Loving wags

  17. Wow that is about the coolest train in the world. I love the picture of your snow.

    Loveys Sasha

  18. What a fun show to go to! It's a lot of work but so worth it! It's just beautiful!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  19. Wow! You get to go to some of the coolest places!! Even though we lived in Ohio for so many years, we never visited there. We will have to put it on our list of cool places to visit!! Our snow was pretty too! Til all the cars and people made it all dirty...our is starting to melt now! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  20. Another pawsome outting you lucky guy!!

    We saw your comment on Jazzi's blog, you've been sick!! We are so sorry to hear that. Hope you are feeling better!

    Wally & Sammy

    1. O…M…D!!! Sweet William that is HECTIC!!! Poor Lee must’ve been beside herself & poor you…straining…oh no, it makes our eyes water just thinking about it. Poor Jazzi must’ve felt awful.

      Oh goodness, we just feel for all of you. BUT we cannot tell you how happy we are to hear that you are ok!

      Ok…no more parcel unwrapping for you mister! Look after yourself & give Lee a big lick from us.
      Wally & Sammy

  21. Hey Sweet William
    I'll have to be sure my Dad sees this post...he is a train brain and every Wednesday he and his train brain friends meet at another guys house who has a layout just like this. They play trains all day.
    Hugs Madi your BFFF

  22. Wow! That is just the coolest place! Your snow looks beautiful too!

  23. Wow, I would love to see this in person. It looks amazing!!

    We haven't had any snow yet. Can you believe it? Enjoy your snow. It's so pretty when it first falls.

    Your pal, Pip

  24. Hi Sweet William, Thanks for stopping by Mum's blog recently. What a great place, the building and trains are really cool.
    Doggy hugs,
    Wilberforce and Higgins

  25. Our Dad would LOVE this! We did not get a chance to visit Cincinnati beofre we left Ohio last summer! BUT Dad and WHN did get to Entertrainment Junction with Ginger back in 2009 when they first visited Phio (PS both of them LOVE bagpipe music!0

  26. Sweet William pawlease thank your Lee for sharin this great train station! Wow! Yap, I'd have chased em too ;)

    Waggin at ya,