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I remember about 40 years ago Lionel came out with the "Black Cave Flyer" which was a very cheap starter set with a spooky theme.  Everyone poo pooed the thing saying a "seasonal" train  would never take off. Looks like we have some really great "seasonal" layouts and trains these days.  Was the Black Cave Flyer ahead of its time or just a piece of junk?  Hmm?

At any rate, it is great to see these Halloween layouts, thanks guys!

I remember about 40 years ago Lionel came out with the "Black Cave Flyer" which was a very cheap starter set with a spooky theme.  Everyone poo pooed the thing saying a "seasonal" train  would never take off. Looks like we have some really great "seasonal" layouts and trains these days.  Was the Black Cave Flyer ahead of its time or just a piece of junk?  Hmm?

At any rate, it is great to see these Halloween layouts, thanks guys!

I'm not sure what drove the seasonal idea in the hobby, like you say, over the years but it's fun when you have the buildings and accessories to make it happen.  MTH and Lionel have done a great job and so does Lemax and Dept. 56.  I add a few Thanksgiving cars to prolong the use of the display through Thanksgiving, then convert to Christmas, then have a calendar type display from January through September with the focus on summer buildings, 4th of July fireworks and fun.  So I keep it going year 'round -- which, I like to think, always keeps the layout festive and an appreciation for the changing seasons and holidays. Life goes by too quickly and it's a way to slow it down, acknowledge and enjoy every holiday and each part of the year.

I love it Iron Horse!  Those seasonal trains always make me smile!

Thanks, Cadillac Mike.  Maybe we ought to start a Mike club, specializing in seasonal layouts .  I appreciate your comments because sometimes this O Gauge hobby is overwhelmingly  scale and rivet counting, where whimsical Lemax seems silly.  Some of us average Joes may not have the artistic or technical ability/experience to achieve the purity of scale and prototypical.  I admit, however, I like the scale and rivet counters.  They are the standard I aspire to.  But, much to their dismay, I am always interested in Lemax and Dept. 56 new products that may add to my seasonal layout -- no different than the latest MTH or Lionel catalog.  Read this and weep, purists!

--Mike

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