I wanted to share with the group about our railroad on our farm in North Central Florida, just outside of Ocala and Gainesville. 2 weeks ago we were still laying track, but everything checked out and the last few days we have been having our Christmas Express nightly. We decided to offer a sneak peek when we were able to get our track ready prior to this Christmas.
We purposely didn't do much advertising this year as we knew we would have "kinks" to work
out. Word of mouth, friends, and social media has been our only outlets. This is the old Custom Fabricators train that was discussed on here. We found it in the woods, covered in weeds and now its on the track covered in Christmas lights in a years time! Lots of friends, volunteers, and labor have made this happen and we are very excited about our project!
It's been well received and with each night we are seeing more visitors. I'm told we have the 3rd largest narrow gauge (36") railroad in the State, behind Disney and Busch Gardens and the largest privately owned railroad in the state. It's a 12-15 minute ride through thousands of Christmas lights...my wife put over 5,000 lights just on our locomotive! Our farm railroad is part of our educational farm we are building and we always welcome advice, visitors, and of course volunteers!
We will run our Sneak Peek of our Christmas Express thru January 1st, then it will be time to start planning for our Easter EGGtravaganza! We are on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheChristmasExpress
, if you are in the North Florida area, or want a roadtrip come see us! We are open thru Jan. 1st from 6-10pm, last ride leaves at 9!