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Just getting started on our Christmas layout and hope to finish up this weekend.  It's a modest oval that we insert into a bay window looking out toward the backyard. The family visitors have come to expect trains at Christmas time, so this checks the box.

Last year when we took it down, my wife suggested outlining where the Dept 56 river pieces go that run through the layout. To keep the noise down and without building a fancy table, we use puzzle piece rubber floor mats on top of a particle board screwed to an old coffee table. Added  2"x4" legs to the overhanging ends to eliminate any droop.

I got a kick out of putting the rubber mat puzzle back together last night. 8 year old granddaughter could have done it! Wife sure is the smart one. Now I just need to do the work to get it all set up. Photo of completed layout is from last year. Short video can be seen here -  Christmas 2021.

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@TomStoltz- great looking layout. Good luck with the tree sounds like quiet a job. We avoid all that, pack away tree fully decorated. Pull tree out of wrapper, put on tree table, plug in. Tree’s up!!

Happy holidays

Don

I couldn't pass this up Don..........when I saw this video on this other post ,all I could see was you and one of those unique trains you have.   Screenshot_20221215-080428Screenshot_20221215-080058   It is a neat video.

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Just getting started on our Christmas layout and hope to finish up this weekend.  It's a modest oval that we insert into a bay window looking out toward the backyard. The family visitors have come to expect trains at Christmas time, so this checks the box.

Last year when we took it down, my wife suggested outlining where the Dept 56 river pieces go that run through the layout. To keep the noise down and without building a fancy table, we use puzzle piece rubber floor mats on top of a particle board screwed to an old coffee table. Added  2"x4" legs to the overhanging ends to eliminate any droop.

I got a kick out of putting the rubber mat puzzle back together last night. 8 year old granddaughter could have done it! Wife sure is the smart one. Now I just need to do the work to get it all set up. Photo of completed layout is from last year. Short video can be seen here -  Christmas 2021.

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Very nice, Robert. Looking forward to seeing this year’s edition!

PD

Just about done with this:

Vintage cardboard houses and wind-ups on the table that typically serves as my desk. Still a few issues to resolve, primarily a bit of lighting and sluggish clockworks, but otherwise this is done. The tunnel/tree-stand works well with the exception of its internal lighting (totally due to my design idiocy).

Maybe a few better pics later.

PD

Christmas 2022  layout.

Done .                                                                                                Judy wanted to knit a representation of our house.20221216_162437

Buildings all done by her.

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MTH decorated container car.  ( darn elves everywhere )

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5×10 ft main area  /  30 inch x 8ft. top area.

A  HAPPY and PEACE  FILLED  HOLIDAY SEASON  everyone. 

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@Mooner posted:

Just getting started on our Christmas layout and hope to finish up this weekend.  It's a modest oval that we insert into a bay window looking out toward the backyard. The family visitors have come to expect trains at Christmas time, so this checks the box.

Last year when we took it down, my wife suggested outlining where the Dept 56 river pieces go that run through the layout. To keep the noise down and without building a fancy table, we use puzzle piece rubber floor mats on top of a particle board screwed to an old coffee table. Added  2"x4" legs to the overhanging ends to eliminate any droop.

I got a kick out of putting the rubber mat puzzle back together last night. 8 year old granddaughter could have done it! Wife sure is the smart one. Now I just need to do the work to get it all set up. Photo of completed layout is from last year. Short video can be seen here -  Christmas 2021.

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the river pieces as a border around the village looks amazing.  great idea!

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Dallas, the display is great, and your wife's handiwork just brilliant. Takes handcrafted scenics to a new level!

Have a great Christmas.

PD

Thank you very much PD .   

You have a great Christmas also.   We are definitly going to have a great one .  Today we got our early Christmas presents..........20221217_130223

.............two 8 year old rescues from Ohio.

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Well circumstances have conspired to pretty much eliminate a special train display for Christmas.  However I was in  my wife's antique shop the other day and "discovered" some Christmas tinplate lithographed houses that I could not resist, so they will be a part of the 2023 layout for sure.  To me these are quite amazing, uniquely lithographed in multi colors differently on all 4 sides, no advertising outside of the scene depicted, actual peaked roofs and all for $4.00 each!  I could not believe it.

So here is an early look at my Christmas Village for 2023. Here they are, not that the roofs are in fact 3 dimensional and thus truly peaked or in one case mansard.  The scenes are beautiful and colorful and they are unique on each side.  They are clearly about 0 scale as each house is about one ft in height.

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Well that's my Christmas village for next year.

Happy Holidays

Don

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Well circumstances have conspired to pretty much eliminate a special train display for Christmas.  However I was in  my wife's antique shop the other day and "discovered" some Christmas tinplate lithographed houses that I could not resist, so they will be a part of the 2023 layout for sure.  To me these are quite amazing, uniquely lithographed in multi colors differently on all 4 sides, no advertising outside of the scene depicted, actual peaked roofs and all for $4.00 each!  I could not believe it.

So here is an early look at my Christmas Village for 2023. Here they are, not that the roofs are in fact 3 dimensional and thus truly peaked or in one case mansard.  The scenes are beautiful and colorful and they are unique on each side.  They are clearly about 0 scale as each house is about one ft in height.

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Well that's my Christmas village for next year.

Happy Holidays

Don

Those look familiar!  (and $4 a piece is a steal!)

Good day all.  Great layouts so far and here is my 2022 contribution.

This year I went with the Lionel Lighted Fastrack for the double loop.  Yeah, its pricey, but the oohs and aahs that have been received so far are well worth it, especially last weekend at the Christmas party that my wife and I hosted.  FYI - I have the green lighted track for Halloween also, but I didn't get to put one up this year because we were moving.

I will take some still photos later today and post them.

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