This train set is a creation of John Belt, who runs a subsidiary Santa’s Workshop out of his pro-grade “hobbyist” wood shop in Wichita. St.Nick can always rely on John for wonderful wooden toys. I traded a bit of custom sculpture (molds for a Santa and Elf that ride in the cab of the Engine, not yet added here) with John for an unfinished train set. The set was so nicely made that I couldn’t bring myself to paint it. Instead I sanded it down to a 220 grit, mostly just cleaning the wood of invisibles like fingerprints, so the various wood stains would sink in evenly. John tells me this is the first set to be stained rather than painted. Probably also the first conversion from coal to electric.