The Brookside Gardens G-scale model trains exhibit’s last day is January 1. I’ve been volunteering as a conservatory docent since just after Thanksgiving – posting about my earlier shifts back on December 12. The shifts since then have been just as enjoyable at the first 4. Each one is a little different and I try to take a few pictures to document the differences.
The 5th shift was on a very cold afternoon with light sleet falling. Visitors to the exhibit were light so I had plenty of time to take some plant pictures in the other half of the conservatory and
The Ferris wheel and merry-go-round in the trolley track layout.
On the center track, Thomas and James were pulling trains. Emily was on a side track. The hard part of the shift was getting home; the roads had been treated and were not slippery…it was rush hour traffic. It took me more than double the normal time to get home. Aargh!
The 6th sift had my favorite engine of the season: one that smoked! The very coordinated volunteer from the train club that owned the train could use an eye dropper to add more oil to the smokestack (to make the smoke) while the train was moving!
Before the 7th shift, it took a series of ‘new leaves/fronds’ picture in the conservatory…and pink flowers to add some color.
Inside the exhibit – there was a Santa pumper added and Thomas was pulling a train. Both are favorites of the children,
The 8th shift was cold but I quickly took a picture of a dried hydrangea flower. I like the ‘lace’ of the weathering petals.
Indoors there were poinsettias and orchids.
A Christmas train was the highlight of the exhibit for that shift.
I also noticed the hopscotch that is part of the Brookside Gardens trolley for the first time.
The 9th shift included a festive train with lots of figures – including the Beetles –
And a more serious looking freight train.
I have one more shift to go – on the very last day of the exhibit!