really hard this past year to preserve, update and improve the Douglas Railroad Museum & Visitor Center. This event marked the first time that we really had the opportunity, on a broad scale, to share that progress with the community. To see so many families at the Depot truly renewed our energy for the goals we are pursuing."
Following the reading of the "Polar Express" on the day coach, Santa distributed silver bells to the children in attendance. Cookies and hot cocoa were served in the historic depot while people enjoyed music from the Douglas Community Choir.
"We are committed to making this an annual event and will likely make some additions in 2019," says Porter. More readings, to accommodate the number of people who are interested, are likely. Porter is also considering a gathering specifically for senior citizens.
"We had no way to anticipate the community's interest in tickets," says Porter, "and it was hard to turn people away as the train filled up. Now that we know, we'll offer a broader opportunity for participation in 2019."
Porter says, "Christmas at the Depot is simply the beginning. Additional plans are in the works for art festivals and other gatherings at the historic depot. The community's response to this event helped us know that Douglas really is interested in saving these trains, celebrating our community's railroad heritage and gathering at the Railroad Museum. With so much needed in the way of repairs and maintenance, I think that energized everyone involved."
While closed on Christmas and New Year's days, the Douglas Railroad Museum and Visitor Center is open and welcoming guests over the holidays. Visiting family and friends often enjoy a trip to the Depot, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibits inside the Depot have been updated and include a vintage toy train. Visitors can go inside many of the train cars. Learn more at the below link.