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American Flyer Train arrives in Salem ahead of holidays


THE 76ERS. THE HOLIDAY DISPLAY IN THE OREGON STATE CAPITOL IS TAKING SHAPE. TODAY, ANOTHER PIECE OF THE ROTUNDA DISPLAY WAS PUT IN PLACE. KOHR HARLAN IS THERE NOW TO SHOW US. KOHR: THE AMERICAN FLYER TRAIN IS IN PLACE IN ITS CUSTOMARY PLACE UNDER THE 30 NOBLE FIR THAT WENT UP HERE IN THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA LAST WEEK. THE MAN WHO ORGANIZED THE BUILDING OF THE TRAIN AND ITS SURROUNDINGS ROLLED IT INTO THE ROTUNDA THIS MORNING. MANY OF THE HOMES AND BUILDINGS IN THIS WORKING TRAIN DISPLAY ARE REPLICAS OF HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT BUILDINGS IN SALEM. GOVERNOR ATIYEH COMMISSIONED THE TRAIN DISPLAY BACK IN 1984. DON CURTIS OVERSAW THE CONSTRUCTION. HIS SON SAYS THE TRAIN DISPLAY HAS BEEN A FAVORITE COMPONENT OF THE HOLIDAY DISPLAY HERE FOR YEARS. I THINK IT’S A SLICE OF AMERICANA AND IT REALLY TAKES THEM BACK, THERE’S A LOT OF NEAT DETAILS OF A MILKMAN AND SOME CHILDHOOD MEMORIES THAT PEOPLE HAVE OF GROWING UP IN THE AREA AND JUST GROWING UP IN CLASSIC AMERICANA FEEL. KOHR: IT DOES HAVE THAT KIND OF APPEAL TO IT. ALSO EMBEDDED SOMEWHERE IN HERE , THERE IS A PICTURE OF A DOG BITING A PERSON. THAT WILL BE A TEST FOR EVERYONE THAT COMES DOWN LOOKING AT THE DISPLAY, SEE IF YOU CAN FIND THE DOG BITING THE MAN. DON RAN THE WOODSHOP IN AN OREGON CORRECTIONS INSTITUTE WOOD SHOP. INMATES DID SOME OF THE WORK HERE IN 1984. HOLIDAYS AT THE CAPITOL DISPLAY WILL BE UP AND READY FOR PUBLIC VIEWING A WEEK FROM TODAY, NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT. THERE WILL BE A BIG DOING CEREMONY AT 5:00. KEN: I KNOW YOU WERE THERE WHEN THEY BROUGHT IN THE HOLIDAY TREE. LOOKING GOOD BEHIND YOU.

Stephen Childs

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  1. Best trains ever made Gilbert American Flyer!!! Real two rail tracks choo choo sound puffs clean white smoke!

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