Trains at NorthPark offer city views along the tracks

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by SHANNON POWELL

WFAA

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 30 at 7:04 PM

DALLAS -- It is obvious from the moment you walk into Trains at NorthPark that the trains are the big draw, but you can’t help but notice the different scenes that give them life.

This is not just any old exhibit, it’s one centered around approximately 1,600 feet of track, 20 loops, 4 trolley car tracks and 24 Lionel train sets hauling more than a hundred pieces of rolling cars and pieces.

Imagine seeing Dallas’ skyline to include Reunion Tower, along with the Cotton Bowl and the State Fair with a clear view of Big Tex and the Ferris wheel. That is just one part of the miniatures created at this year’s Trains at NorthPark exhibit.

A group of five men and women spent nearly two weeks putting together the well known sites of the city. But your mind, eyes and imagination will be exposed to much more.

The trains roll across the country with a stop on the West coast in San Francisco. A partial replica of the Golden Gate Bridge, to include small San Francisco style homes, is on display with trains running in and around the area where water would normally be stationed around the bridge.

A trip to the Grand Canyon does not require a trip to Arizona. To see Route 66 no need to get wild and take a road trip. A trip to the Trains at NorthPark could give you details and perhaps inspiration. 

In another case sits the White House, winter wonderland style, framed by the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the reflect pool. Trains that are hand painted roll in and around the area that is encased in a plastic box.

On the other side of that display are numerous ones that reflex what are traditional scenes of New York City….the subway, Grand Central Station and the city’s skyline.

You can see all these scenes as more than 4,000 square feet of trains with various holiday themes race round and round and round. 

Trains at NorthPark opened its doors earlier in November as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. The elaborate train system has been set up for the House for the last 13 years and brought in over 80,000 visitors each year. The House receives 100 percent of the proceeds and that money is used to provide a home-away- from home atmosphere for families coming to the Dallas area with  children who are sick or seriously injured.

To see it for yourself visit the exhibit on the second floor of the NorthPark Center between Nordstrom and Barney’s New York. There is a $6 cost for adults and $3 cost for children 12 and under.

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