The railroad closes down for the winter after the last train on December 6. The last two weekends before we close, Santa is there to visit with kids. We survived the first weekend without any casualties, although Santa found his suit to be very warm! Tom, on the other hand, was conductor today, poor man. It was cold and damp with spits of snow for a while this morning. It was a very slow day -- four out of six trains carried just one family group each, one carried only volunteers and the last carried 9 passengers -- six of whom were freebies.