A late Christmas Surprise

Posted by Bob Keller
on Thursday, December 31, 2020

A great surprise and as near as I could tell, it had zero miles on it!

I never would have poked around the web looking for railroad related masks … but I'm glad my wife did!

This has certainly been a year of surprises - mostly unwelcome. But as Christmas came and went, I was surprised by two late-arriving gifts from my wife.

We all probably get nervous when we learn a family member has bought a "train thing" for us. I just recall the Santa Fe F3 piggybank that played Chatanooga Choo Choo whenever you inserted a coin...

Well, some time back I gave a short list of some things I was interested in but which were not a primary item for me to run out and buy. I also suggested a no-higher-price. So imagine my surprise to discover a Lionel Atomic Energy Commission switcher - issued as part of the Postwar Celebration Series. Very cool-looking and would fit right in with my AEC rolling stock! 

The next thing that arrived were two face masks … yes the ultimate fashion accessory of 2020. BUT she got me two with New York Central imagery. One has a Dreyfuss Hudson in Chicago, I believe; and the other is a Central E8. I think this is in a museum!

So  let me wrap up 2020 with hoping that all your surprises in 2021 are good, and all unexpected. Best wishes to all!

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