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I have fond memories of my childhood Christmases.

Some of the most memorable toys I ever received were the smallest, transportation-related ones. The miniature Hot Wheels cars waiting in my stocking, or on our plates at Christmas dinner at my aunt and uncle's farm.

I always looked forward to visiting the farm. One, to go down to the barn and see the cows, and two, because my cousin had an incredible model train set, complete with mountains, ponds, towns, farms and factories.

Little plastic and pewter people walked the streets and ice-skated on ponds. Fighter jets patrolled the skies. Cars stopped at streetlights.

And of course the cows grazed in the pasture while Farmer Bill rode his tractor around.

And the trains turned and circled and puffed smoke and lit up the mountain tunnel with their lights. And the imaginations of children ran wild in this miniature world.

My brother and I received a train set one year, and from time to time, we set it up and played engineer. But we never had the space to build the type of model my cousin had.

Today, my sons are enthralled by trains, too. Maybe I'll take them to Fort Hunter's model train display.

With the holidays in full swing, our state poised to make major transportation investments, and my imagination nearly as childlike as it once was (at least in regards to model trains), I figured I'd share a few interesting transportation videos with you.

If you ever find yourself in Hamburg, Germany, you might want to visit the Miniatur Wunderland. There you can see the world's smallest — well, world! From miniature train sets replicating multiple countries to working airports and seaports, the detail is amazing. There are fires, bank robbers, funerals and even flower-field romantic trysts. Enjoy.

In New York over the holiday? Might want to stop by the Botanical Gardens for their holiday train display featuring famous New York City landmarks. And they're all made from plants.

And if you like Lego, here's a model train setup from the 2013 Edmonton Train Show. Watch out for the dragons!

Happy Holidays!

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan covers Cumberland County, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jimr@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JimTRyanCPBJ.

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