A Trip Down Memory Lane with the Station Tour at Citigroup
There's nothing like watching little toy trains in motion, especially when they're accompanied by all the right accessories (tunnels, landscape, buildings, etc). For just a short time, you can get lost in your childhood and allow your imagination to run free. Nearly everyone enjoys the chance to view a toy train system, from young children to the elderly. Finding such a breathtaking display is no easy task, and usually they're stumbled upon merely by chance. In a world of constant change, it's comforting to know that there is always an elaborate display of toy trains around the holidays at Citigroup.
The Station Tour at Citigroup provides an annual tour through a railroad wonderland. You'll experience a genuine feeling of happiness like you've never felt before, no matter what your age! This is an event that is sure to be enjoyed by the entire family, and you might just find yourself making the tour a holiday tradition. The Station Tour is located in New York City and the display is centered around the 1940's time frame in New York. The display is approximately 750 square feet in size and is constructed on theatrical style platforms. The scenery is hand-built from Styrofoam and the buildings and water are made from resin. The entire display costs nearly $1 million to construct and operate, but every penny spent is well worth it!
The tour begins at the Westshore Terminal of the New York Central Railroad in 1940. You'll see amazing but accurate displays of the New York 1940's skyline complete with a replica of the Empire State Building. Little toy trains whistle and make their way through the stone tunnels behind the buildings on to the next destination of the tour - an imaginary city in New York called Generak.
Generak is a river city and at first glance has tendency to remind you of New Orleans. A band plays by the street while trolleys carry passengers up the hill. The streets are busy with traffic and you can hear horns beeping and the sounds of cars as they make their way through the streets. Next, you will leave the busy city and head to the countryside, where you'll pass an old family farmhouse and beautiful mountain cascades. The mountains have life-like trains swirling at the bottom while the mill turns with the dam.
Next, you'll see a changing of the seasons as fall is suddenly upon you. You'll find yourself amidst a carnival complete with dancing clowns, a working Ferris wheel, a carousel, and a few operating rides that are still familiar to carnivals today. Rapidly, the beautiful colors of autumn fade away and you enter a winter wonderland. You'll see ice skaters skating blissfully among the frozen ponds, while the North Pole express train passes through. Snow-capped Christmas trees are all aglow with lights and carolers sing along the streets.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world through a child's eyes is available from November to January for a reasonable price. If you have the opportunity to attend the Station Tour at Citigroup, it is highly recommended you take advantage; and take a trip back down memory lane!