Dunbar Township Christmas display continues to grow
By Karl Polacek
Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 4:06 p.m.
Ben Jordan and his wife, Glenda, began their Christmas display on their property along Little Summit Road in Dunbar Township 13 years ago, when their son was just 7 years old.
Now, every evening from 6 to 9 p.m. when it is not raining, the static railroad engine and cars are lit for the children of the neighborhood and for the children of those families he works with.
“We tried to make it fun for the kids,” said Ben Jordan. The couple started with just four large model railroad cars and expanded it every year.
Now the display of static railroad cars with individual figures on each car stretches for more than a football field in length and is up to 64 cars, 65 counting the last one with the railroad crossing sign. The cars are displayed on a track made from two-by-four — pieces of scrap lumber.
In the mean time, the Jordan children have been growing up. Son Benjamin is now 21 and daughter, Cheyenne, is 11.
But he and his family are still expanding the display for the children of his fellow employees at ABB in Mt. Pleasant.
ABB allows him to take scrap lumber for the project. Then he and his daughter work on adding more cars and figures in January and February. He says he gets the ideas for new characters from pictures from various sources, including magazines. Then he makes free-hand drawings. One figure takes up to 80 hours to make.
His daughter gets involved with the artwork and the painting. He and his son do all of the heavy lifting.
Jordan said the display usually goes up around Thanksgiving and comes back down, usually the day after Christmas.
“I left it up late one year, but the stakes froze in the ground,” he said.
Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-626-3538.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Former public defender sues Fayette County officials over firing
- Brutal attack gets Fayette County man up to 11 years in prison
- Fayette County residents sue over landfill fumes
- W.Va. woman in high-speed Fayette chase sentenced to 7 to 14 years
- Jury selection ends in trial for Fayette County boy’s beating death
- Brownsville Area Redevelopment Corp. chief ousted after 9 weeks
- Masontown man sentenced in crash
- Southmoreland seniors to don caps and gowns June 4
- Uniontown man sentenced to 12 years for burglaries
- Bullskin, Connellsville youngsters ‘paying it forward’
- Connellsville rec board making plans for summer