Last Sunday I rode the Santa Train from North Bend to Snoqualmie. I was so excited to ride the train and my high expectations were easily met. The old train pulled into the station and everyone scrambled aboard. We headed for the last car since there was no line and the others were boarding the first car they saw. This was a very good move. As I climbed the stairs and stood on the entrance platform I glanced to the right and saw there was plenty of room for us but I also quickly glanced to the left and saw, oh my goodness, I can't believe this!!!, the antique car! Burgundy velvet upholstery, dark stained woodwork and stain glass clerestory windows. All together in one car!! Of course I'm sitting here! Everything was original to the car. The small tears in the upholstery had been carefully stitched closed. Perfect! The car was decorated with garlands and had a very Victorian feel.
As we eased along the tracks on our way to the depot in Snoqualmie we listened for the train horn to signal as it crossed the country roads. Two long blasts, one short and another long blast. That was the signal. We sang seasonal holiday songs and looked out the window to see the snow covered landscape. And then, we arrived at our destination. Santa was waiting.