Duke Energy Celebrates 65 Years of Holiday Train Tradition November 19, 2010
The Duke Energy/CSX Holiday Train display will operate Nov. 26 through Dec. 31 in Duke Energy’s lobby at Fourth & Main streets.
This unique exhibit has delighted more than 9 million visitors, young and old, since its inception in 1946, becoming a holiday family tradition.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays (closed Christmas Day).
The theme of this year’s display is After 65 Years of Memories, It’s Still A Time To Dream. The centerpiece is anchored by a glittering castle surrounded by snow tipped trees and bright stars hanging from the ceiling above. An old stage coach is recreated and surrounded by toy soldiers that welcome visitors to come home to their "own" castle.
Celebrating Duke Energy’s commitment to energy efficiency, this year’s train display is adorned with new LED lights. Aside from being more energy efficient, they also don’t burn out because they don’t have the filament that often breaks in traditional incandescent Christmas lights.
The train itself is powered by solar panels that are located on the rooftop of the building to add to the green efforts of this year’s display.
The display, one of the largest portable models in the world, measures 36½ feet by 47 feet and is authentic "O" gauge (a quarter-inch on the model is equivalent to one foot on a real train). Rail cars, tracks and buildings are 1/48th actual size. The Duke Energy/CSX display includes approximately 300 train cars and 50 engines on 1,000 feet of track. During the holiday season, the trains will run more than 100,000 scale miles.
Assembly and testing of the display began very early in October. A small group of dedicated Duke Energy employees and retirees spend hundreds of hours on the project throughout the year handcrafting replacement parts and adding to the collection of miniature buildings and structures. To learn more about the train display, visit Duke Energy’s Holiday Train social media website or call 513-287-1500 to receive updated information.
Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky’s operations provide electricity to approximately 820,000 customers and natural gas service to approximately 500,000 customers.
Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 4 million customers located in five states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 11 million people. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com. To learn more and contribute to the discussion about the energy issues of today and the possibilities of tomorrow see www.sheddingalight.org.
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