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Santa making last stop at Penn Hills model train display Saturday

| Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, 4:45 p.m.

Santa will make his final stop at Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department Station 224's model train display Saturday.

The tradition inside what's informally known as “the Ver­ona hilltop” closes for the year on Dec. 30.

It is presented by the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Association.

“We've had a great response this year,” station Treasurer Cathy Wickline said. “We've added seven new trains and just put new engines on. Each year we try to add something.”

Wickline said they have been averaging between 30-50 visitors daily on weekdays and 125 on weekends.

Trains run on four tracks, two large loops around the perimeter and two smaller ones that chug past miniature towns. There is a first responder train, with the engine decals to honor police, fire and EMS personnel.

Wickline said children really like all the interactive portions of the display, and there's a wooden train set they can play with toward the back of the fire hall.

“The kids love to push the buttons and have things going,” she said.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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