Boathouse Treats and Treasures stirs up memories of Christmases past with train display

Updated: November 27, 2020 10:41 PM
Created: November 27, 2020 04:43 PM

Boathouse Treats & Treasures Vintage Market in Duluth has created a nostalgic window display featuring a model train that “conjures up memories of 1950s and 1960s Christmases."

Duane Benoit, a Proctor resident, retired Federal Research Aquatic Biologist and lover of trains, served as the conductor for the model train for Black Friday.

"I got my first train for Christmas when I was 10-years old," said Benoit. "Trains have been my hobby ever since."

Benoit will repeat his role on Small Business Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. where he will run the train and answer questions during the free event.

Benoit served as a volunteer engineer/conductor on the North Shore Scenic Railroad for 30 years, and one of the highlights of his railroad experiences occurred during the filming of the 1994 Walt Disney movie "Iron Will" where Benoit was the "fireman" who shoveled coal from the coal hopper into the engine's fire pit.

Boathouse Treats & Treasures is located at 2009 W Superior St.

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