Resident Ron Ludwig spent months putting the final touches on the intricate HO scale electric model railroad train set, which includes mountains, gardens and lights spreading throughout the holiday village. The visual display captivates people of all ages, and children spend hours watching as the train rolls by, bringing with it holiday delight.
“There are a lot of 85-year-old men here who like to touch the train because it reminds them of the trains they had when they were boys,” said Ludwig. “Little boys go from age 3 to 93.”
Ron has been creating miniature trains for more than 70 years. Along with the holiday train set, he continues to work on a trio of train displays located in a handful of single-car garages he rents at La Costa Glen.
From the barbwire fences to the painting of the skyline to the people who fill the streets, he creates it all.
The holiday train began rolling through the Lakeside Clubhouse on Thanksgiving weekend. It will stay up until after the new year.
Read more about the holiday train and Ron’s hobby in The San Diego-Union Tribune.
The community is also celebrating the holidays with a La Costa Glen tradition of the hiring of the elves. Hundreds of gifts are delivered to the community during the holiday season, and a dozen elves are appointed to hand them out.
The elves range in age from 14 to 17. They dress the part with an elf hat and hand out the gifts when they arrive on the UPS trucks. Residents are delighted to open their doors to find a young elf with a smile handing them their gifts. It’s a family tradition for some elves, as their parents and siblings work at the community.