Since 1994 a group of unpaid volunteers calling themselves the "National Christmas Tree Railroad" construct and operate a
Large Scale model train display around the base of the National Christmas Tree. The current display
is comprised of over a thousand feet of and features more than a dozen trains,
trolleys, and villages.
The National Christmas Tree is located on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.
The trains run daily during park hours following the tree lighting ceremony
in early December 3rd through New Year's Day.
The trains are packed away
for the season but the volunteers are already planning the 2017 display.
We look forward to seeing you in December.
With the White House in the background, Alaska motive power makes it way around the
National Christmas Tree.
Amtrak passenger consist crosses a replica of the Hell Gate Bridge
The BNSF (Burlington Northern - Santa Fe) encounters Santa Claus
The Canadian Pacific is at home in the snow with the White House in the background
The double headed CSX makes it way around the outer loop
The Norfolk Southern completes its journey with the White House in the background
The Union Pacific delights visitors hauling construction equipment across the Hell Gate Bridge
Five years ago Thomas the Tank engine along with Annie and Clarabel coaches made their first appearance at the National Christmas Tree.
They have been followed in subsequent years by Percy and the troublesome trucks and James the red engine,
compliments of Bachmann Trains.
Also appearing and occupying a premier spot running on the stone wall around the base of the National
Christmas Tree is a magnificent Amtrak
passenger train, compliments of Amtrak. The train features double headed
locomotives, a food service car, and four luxury coaches.
NAME THE SQUIRREL
This picture was taken during the 2008 season. It seems even the local wildlife love the trains. This squirrel lives in the
National Christmas Tree and needs a name. As you can see, he (or she) loves riding on the train. Email us with your suggestion
of a name for this squirrel.