WHY??????? Because Santa Claus made his annual visit to the Historic Onley Station last Saturday. Right on schedule, Santa made his grand entry to Onley on his own Special Train thanks to the great folks at Bay Coast Railroad.
And as always his helpers at the Historic Onley Station were ready to host his annual visit. Hot Chocolate, Cookies, and Popcorn were provided by SPOTS, Shore Bank, and PNC Bank.
This year's treat for young and old was model train displays. The public was treated to a sneak preview of the soon to start Play with Trains program slated to begin this spring. The kids got to put tracks together, hold some of the trains, and even be the Engineer of one of the Lionel O Gauge trains.
YES!!!!! Even the girls get to be engineers here.
BUT all of this was just the lead up to the Big Mans arrival. We even warmed up his chair for him.
The trains were everywhere, even on the outside of the Station. Engineer Paul set up his Garden Gauge trains as a special treat.
Since i spent most of the time outside making sure everyone got to see Santa, i don't have any inside pictures. BUT not to fear. if you go to www.onley-spots.blogspot.com our good friend (and keeper of the Cocoa and Cookies) Possum has photos of those happy little faces. Make sure you choose "CLASSIC" from the menu bar or you will miss all the pictures. And while your there why not become a follower. Its easy and painless, I promise!!!!!
Since we seldom have snow here on the Eastern Shore, Santa always pays an early visit by train. Of course not anyone can order a special train. Well unless you're a special person like Santa. And then it takes some very special people to make sure that all goes well.
Conductors Ryder and John E. of the DelMarVa chapter of the National Railway Historical Society have been making sure Santa's Eastern Shore visit was safe and on time since 1992.
So from all of us at the Historic Onley Station, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.