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23TRADITION23TheWesternandWatermanRailroadbetterknownasPetex19sTrainopenedonJuly311994inWatermanx19sLionsCommunityParkandhasbeenrunningeversince.PeteRobinsonx19sthreeG-scaletrainsareimpressiveworkingartifactsfromanerawhenthemeparkridesdidnx19thavetopeeltheskinfromyourfacetobeconsideredfun.ButPetex19sTrainisnomuseumpiece.Itx19stheheartandsoulofanannualholidaytraditionmaintainedbyPetehiswifeCharleenanddozensofvolunteers.Everyyeartheydecktheparkwiththousandsoflightsandopenthegatestoanyoneyoungoroldwhoneedsadoseoftheholidayspirit.ThetrainridethehotchocolatethefreshpopcornandevensomefacetimewithSantax14itx19sallfreeagifthappilygivenbytheRobinsonsandtheirfriends.Petesayshislovefortrainsstartedwhenhewasaboy.Itgrewintoalifelonginterest.x1cMyfamilylivedinOhiowhenIwasakid.IremembermyparentstakingmetoWestlakeKiddieParkinWestlakeOhiowheretheyhadaminiatureStreamlinerandIfellinlovewithit.Ihadtohaveoneofthosetrains.x1dNotlongafterthisPetex19sfatherwhoworkedasamaritimelawyerwastransferredtoChicago.Petex19sbrotherwasawayatcampsoPeteandhismothertooktheNickelPlateLimitedpassengertrainfromClevelandtoChicagotoseethenewhousehisfatherhadpickedoutinLaGrangeIL.x1cWetookthenighttraintoChicago.WegotonthetrainandmymotherandIgotinourbedandthetrainleftCleveland.TherststopwasRockyRiverwherewelivedandupgoestheblindandIx19mlookingoutthewindow.Mymothersaysx18Gotobedx19soIpulldowntheblindandliedown.Nextstopcomesupandupgoestheblindagain.FinallywhenwegettoToledosherearrangedthebedsothatIcouldbenexttothewindowandshecouldnallygetsomesleep.Thatwas1956backwhentheystillhadbeautifultrainsx1dsaysPete.Alittleover20yearslaterin1977PeteboughthisrstG-16locomotive.Howeverthetrainneededacompleterestoration.x1cG-16partsareexpensiveandIcouldnx19taffordtorestoretheentiretrainsoIsoldthattrainanddecidedtobuildmyown.Ibuiltitfromthegroundupx1dsaysPete.Hisrsttraintookveyearstobuildandwhenitwasnishedin1990itranintheWisconsinDellsattheRiversideandGreatNorthernRailwayarailroadownedbytheRiversideandGreatNorthernPreservationSociety.x1cMytrainranintheDellsforacoupleofyearsandthentheWatermanLionsClubsaidx18Whydonx19tyouputatrainupinourparkx19Ibroughtthetrainhereanditx19sbeenhereeversincex1dsaysPetewhohassincebuilttwoothertrainstorunattheparkx13anotherlocomotiveandarailbus.TodaythejoyPetegetsfromhishobbyisasmuchaboutsharinghistrainswithothersasbuildingthem.Hex19sespeciallyeagertosharethatjoywiththefamiliesthatvisittheparkduringtheholidaystoridePetex19sHolidayLightsTrain.x1cWewantpeopletocomeoutandhaveawonderfulholidayexperience.WhenyouwalkofftheroadandintothisparkIwantyoutoforgetallyourworries.Iwantyoutohaveagreattimeandgohomewithasmileonyourface.x1dChristmasisforgivingnottakingLightsonsteelframesprovidedozensofholidayscenesasthetrainmakesitswayaroundthetrack.