At CML's Main Branch
Chugga-chugga, choo-choo! The Huntington Holiday Train has just pulled into the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Library and will be stationed there until Jan. 4.
This marks the 23rd year of the holiday attraction, which was built in 1992 by Applied Imagination founder Paul Busse. The train was originally displayed in the lobby of the historic Huntington bank building at Broad and High streets; however, in 2009 Huntington graciously loaned the train to CML. This year will be its sixth on display in Main Library's atrium.
Highlights include a 6-foot-tall cathedral, an 8-foot-tall castle and a waterfall that pumps 600 gallons an hour. Each building in the display took between one and three weeks to create. The castle and waterfall took more than three months to complete; it took more than 10 months to build the cathedral. The entire display takes two days to set up.
View this time lapse video of the train's installation last fall and watch our video of the train in action!
The Main Library is located at 96 S. Grant Ave. in downtown Columbus and the Huntington Holiday Train is open to all during regular library hours – Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The first hour of parking in the library garage is free.