To some in the Hub City, nothing says Christmas like "choo-choo," explained Bill Knode, co-chair and collaborator for this year's "Trains of Christmas" exhibit at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.
After all, the Hub City wouldn't be the Hub City were it not for its railroad legacy.
Now celebrating its 20th year, "Trains of Christmas" is the Roundhouse Museum's Christmas-themed train layout. The exhibit will be up through February.
This year's exhibit doesn't scrimp on the details. The steam locomotives even puff smoke. The layout has updated bridges, city scenes and other motorized eye-candy to impress people who aren't as keen on model trains.
The layout features 23 trains - some with as many as 30 cars - powered by electric motors. Six trains whirl around the layout at a time. It takes between 20 minutes and a half hour to see everything, Knode said.