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LEGO trains schduled to rumble through Cranberry

The much-anticipated Friday, November 21 visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, officially marking the start of Cranberry’s holiday season will include, in addition to several live reindeer, a Toys for Tots collection, a gallery of trees decorated by local nonprofits, and a Christmas-themed LEGO North Pole village complete with trains built of LEGO plastic bricks by the Steel City adult LEGO users group. The trains will be on display inside Council Chambers both Friday evening and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Steel City LEGO Users Group, or LUG, includes approximately 100 officially registered members throughout the tri-state area. It is one of more than 100 such groups worldwide that bring together adult fans of LEGO products. The Steel City Group meets quarterly, but collaborates more frequently online. Its creations, which are mostly owned by individual members, are configured into displays for show in different venues. This season’s show locations include Monroeville and the Arden Trolley Museum, as well as Cranberry Township. The Cranberry display, which will showcase work by four or five different LUG members, is a tabletop exhibit with buildings that include a LEGO replica of the original H. J. Heinz plant, as well as a candy factory, a reindeer stable, a Christmas tree, and several other North Pole-themed buildings. Electric trains circulating on the display’s tracks will include LEGO versions of Amtrak, Santa Fe, and Maersk line carriers, and possibly a bullet train as well. Altogether, according to Steel City LUG coordinator Tim Freshly, the display’s construction will involve between 30,000 and 50,000 separate LEGO bricks. Admission to the LEGO exhibit as well as to the evening’s other attractions, is free of charge.

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November 21, 2014


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