0 scale lover, I believe you and my wife colleen must be related somewhere down the line. Ha Ha Ha. Cheers Jim
In about 1959 my dad bought me a set with a ZW and a 2358 Great Northern EP5 (don't know how he afforded it there were already 8 kids) but on Christmas morning I woke up to the set around the tree with about six of those same type of houses.
@jim mcclain - Thanks for your comment on my house. Yes, those pasteboard (Made in Japan) houses were popular as under the Christmas tree village components for many years. Certainly through most of the 1950's. Your story must be a wonderful memory. I know I got the Santa Fe A-B-A and the 25xx "Silver..." passenger cars around 1954. While I was thrilled at the time I didn't know until I did some price/inflated $ research recently what a tremendous financial outlay that was at the time for my parents. I don't know how they managed to afford it. I guess we were just incredibly lucky kids at the time.
Best wishes for Christmas in 2022!!
There are so many outstanding Christmas displays and thank you for sharing them. A general observation would be that we all got started with our interest in trains as part of our childhood anticipation of Christmas. I had not anticipated a Christmas scene but now I’m thinking how can I not.
My question is: Which buildings, Dept. 56, etc. match up closest to the scale?
Thank you, Jay
I have been setting trains around my tree since I got married in 1982. Almost finished this years will post hopefully in a few days. But I have been using Dept. 56. Don't know how close to scale they are but they look nice.
It is that time of year again folks, let's see those snow-covered layouts!
Here is Main St. on my full-time winter/Christmas layout. I'll try to get an updated, panoramic shot in the near future as a decent bit of work has been done on the layout
Wow! I had never seen this thread before, originating in 2021. Fantastic photos and some of you go all out. Very nice.
Here's a few shots of my winter-themed layout that will be 12 years old this Christmas.
Well, we travel about 1155 miles for Christmas so the layout gets done at that location and not here so its fairly simple. Here are some "Christmas" like scenes from our layout at home and other places.
The citizens of Small Town have started to get the town tree ready for decoration. McDonalds already has their tree on the sidewalk.
Here is an interesting fellow, returning from summer vacation in Florida but trying to hitch a ride to the North Pole.
Here are some new Christmas houses that should make it to the layout this year.
Hey look at that, looks like that fellow managed to get a ride from the Central !
Everybody around town is buying and bringing home their tree.
Not as 'snowy' as those above, but here's one that I did on my 2022 Christmas layout.
These 2 ceramic trains are 'family' trains. Each car has a name of my 2 kids, their 4 kids, and me on both trains. The smaller one is supposed to be tree ornaments.
Tell your daughter the trolley is a great layout idea
Hoping to resurrect last Christmas layout this year with some updates, bad enuff I had to skip Halloween this year but if I have to skip Christmas, I'll be one really crabby old man. Hoping cardiologist and cardiac device doctor gives me the approval before too much longer.
Not a very good picture but I threw together a simple Christmas layout on the dining room table with some trains I had packed in the closet. The outer loop is an HO Lionel set. The center loop is O gauge with the locomotive from a Polar Express set using some lighted MTH boxcars. The inner loop is an N scale Kato set. Kinda neat having 3 different scales.
Here is a video of last years Christmas special.
My Dad and me (not 'myself') and our Gilbert Flyer setup Christmas between 1953 to '55 I think. Santa had just discovered a fella selling 'used' trains at Christmas and I was overwhelmed with the 3 or 4 'big' items that year as they were traditionally over budget. New to me was the Santa Fe PA's, passenger cars, the log loader, and the big transformer with 'dead man's throttle'. The outer loop held our PRR K5 freight set.
Patrick, it’s ironic that you shared your photos because I had just taken another look at run 327 from this time last year. It was a fun narrative, and unique, in that it told the story of how Santa’s train was in trouble due to a snow storm. Thankfully your MOW crews saved the day. Sensational photographs as well. It would be fun to see an overall picture of your pike. Would you share what materials you used for the snow? It looks very authentic.