Monday, December 5, 2016

Photo Essay: Griffith Park's Holiday Light Train

Over four years ago, I wrote a blog post that said, "Why not ride every tiny train in Griffith Park?"

It took me four years to ride the third and final tiny train in Griffith Park, the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad, but I finally did it—and just in time for Christmas.



Like the Ghost Train ride hosted by the L.A. Steamers, if you come to GPS in daylight during the holiday season, you'll have to ride it twice.



Because while you'll get more or less the "standard" experience of the train ride during the day...



...departing from a 1960s-era station...



...on The Colonel Griffith, a 2-8-0 locomotive built by Severn Lamb Ltd. in 1983...



...it's only half of the full experience.



Yes, you'll ride along the mile-long track...



...passing Snow White...



...under a colorful trellis...



...through a 1960s-era tunnel...



...over a 1960s-era bridge...



...and past the 1960s-era train barn.



But you've got to come back at night...



...to see the lights.



The water tower has been adorned with some holiday glimmer, flanked by toy soldiers...



...and everything along the 1/3 gauge track is aglow...



...as you whizz through a lush, green meadow...



...through tunnels of light...



...past glistening trees and candy canes.



At times, the "Holiday Light Train" ride is dark—save for the white headlight of the Colonel Griffith.



You can hear the bluster of the ponies in the dark as you approach the local ghost town, Griffith Gulch (established 2014).



And when you make your way around the north loop of the course, it always feels a bit sad to see that you're already returning to the station.

Related Posts:
The Ghost Train of Griffith Park
A Travel Town Birthday in Griffith Park