Trolley Modeling in N Scale

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San Jose Christmas in the Park ~ Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas in the Park is an annual tradition in San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park (a.k.a. the oval park in front of the Tech Museum).

Christmas in the Park features kiddie rides, displays with animated elves, and an outdoor ice rink. This year, Ballet San Jose advertised their Nutcracker show by having kids in their costumes skating around the rink. Wini, as a member of our local Ice Theatre troop, was invited to come help lead them around.

We parked in a deserted office park in North San Jose, and took the VTA light rail downtown (other years they have run vintage Milano trams, like Muni's but with pantographs, but they're kind of hard up this year). Nathan was very excited and basically said "trolley trolley trolley trolley!" the whole way.

We arrived with time to spare, so we visited the San Jose Museum of Art which had an exhibit of electronic art lit up with LED's. This was pretty cool.

Here's Wini helping some mice to skate.

and Clara

We had dinner nearby; it's a heckofa lot easier to find somewhere to eat in downtown SJ than when I first started passing through in the late 80's--credit the light rail with giving it a "there".

We rode back, and as we walked to the car and our train rolled off into the night, Nathan yelled "bye bye trolley!"

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