During this time of year we have had requests to have a featured topic  where the membership could post their special holiday greetings and layouts.   So...here it is!!  Lets see how many we can post!!

The OGR family would like to wish all of you a safe and very happy Holiday season.  We thank all of you that continue to support our magazine through your subscriptions and advertising for without you, there would be no OGR!  Bless each and everyone!!

Alan Arnold
O Gauge Railroading magazine
800-980-OGRR (6477)

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I can't put the train around the tree until my wife finishes decorating it, and she doesn't start decorating until after Thanksgiving. I'll get it put up in a week or so and post some photos. It's going to be old school LGB this year with the tinplate down on the basement layout.



Surely there are more posts to come???  Hope this is just a little early and we don't have a bah humbug!!

Most people are probably still working off their tryptophan stupors  

I won’t even make it home till tomorrow and it will probably be a week before I get to decorating. This year, I will finally break out a bunch of my Dept. 56 Snow Village houses for the layout (sorry... no tall buildings!!!). Pics will, inevitably, follow.


Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

 TCA 15-70689

LCCA RM-39621

LOTS RM-9326

In the past I had a Christmas layout pretty well set up by early December.  However, this year is different after my total knee replacement last month.  We fumbled the tree up and the lights are on but that’s all.  I am thinking of just setting up a snowy diorama on the new layout I started this year.  At least I could put the Polar Express on the track for basically a static display.  

I’m looking forward to seeing this topic take off in the three weeks ahead.  Yes, only three weeks!

I`m still working on my rendition of Lionel`s D-192, currently, i`m pushing trains around by hand to see if there will be any problems, so far, so good, if all goes well tomorrow, i`ll start the wiring phase, pics will come when it`s all up and running, Happy Holidays everyone, Phil

From the archives, a Christmas display assembled for an OGR build-a-small-holiday-layout contest:

Jammed as much as I could on a 4x4 sheet of plywood...man, that was a fun project!

Merry Christmas, everyone...


Happy Holidays everyone!  I think this year’s layout is our biggest yet. Thankful that our “kids” (in their 20’s) were here this weekend to help out.  Truly a family effort - which made it fun in building. Great posts everyone - fun to see all of the different trains, layouts, and posts to celebrate The Season.


Two Hudsons making the circuits tonight: a post war ‘64 773 and the newer 783:


Scenes around the layout:


Here’s a short video:

Thank you Alan for starting a great thread and all you, your staff and the forum sponsors do for our hobby.  Happy Holidays everyone!

- Rob 


LCCA Member

TCA Member


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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Quanza..... whatever holiday you choose to celebrate may it be JOYfilled!! IMG_4199

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 


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Basement layout......2016.....


Though it doesn't look it, this next layout is actually a Christmas layout......on the floor of my bedroom in the Bronx, either 72-73 or 73-74. It is significant in that it was my last layout, and the last time that I took out the trains until 1980 (this is about the time school really started heating up).

Nothing with trains until early 1980, when as a medical intern in Baltimore, I saw an ad in the Baltimore Sun for a Greenberg Train & Toy Show at Towson State. I went. The bug was rekindled, and I asked my parents to bring the trains down when they visited at Easter.  Trains ever since......




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Great idea Alan. I would like to wish all my train friends a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and a VERY happy and healthy New Year. We bought a place in Florida in mid-2018 and now spend winters here (not much sense spending the summers here). I miss the NJHR Christmas party and train show. And Trainstock and Springfield. But not enough to be back in the northeast in the winter.

Bob Bruno, a NJHR member, just passed. We had some club internal e-mails. Bob was a really great guy. I've periodically invited people to my house to play with trains, and have totally enjoyed doing that. The attached picture of "train guys" is from 2013. Bob is between John Scaravella and Dotty. He was always a pleasure to be with. Other people in the picture are Bill Parkinson, Erol (Locolawyer), Bob DeGuarde, Captain John, Alex, me (behind John), Carl, Dotty and Marty. As Mike Caruso says, all in front of my "wall of hats".

The other picture is of my grandchildren Theo and Rory having fun acting as train tunnels. Gotta have fun!


Gerry's Posse #01Theo & Rory as tunnels 01

  Home of the BRATS RR  





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Holiday greetings to all from the Great Northeastern Railway!

HPIM0107003019City Street

Take a ride through our layout with this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXWcvnSzFec

xmas2 2016

Our former "Chairman of the Bored", Chaz Harrison, says, " Happy holidays to all and to all a MEOW!"


Randy Harrison,

President of the:

Great Northeastern Railway

The Standard Railroad of the Basement




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Well ok, i cant start the trains until the tree is completed!   So here is the tree just finished.  I will then get some train shots in the next few days.


Here is previous layout, well one side of it.


A very happy Christmas to everyone and thank you all for your help and knowledge on all things O gauge.

We live in a great country and the people on this forum prove it!!


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Holiday Greetings forum friends.  The tree is up and the trains are running.    This was my gift Christmas morning 1973.   Lionel MPC Cannonball set.   ATSF 2-4-0 #8300 is still pulling fast and strong at 46 years old.


  TCA 15-71227

  1970-1985 Lionel General Mills Era.


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Peter that Super O track looks GREAT!  Also on this thread, I love the two Hudsons, and the Cannonball, which was my brother’s first train!  Great thread, I’ll be checking back later in the season!!

Creep, coast, and pull.  We're not talking about cold fusion here.

Mike McCutcheon posted:



Holiday Greetings forum friends.  The tree is up and the trains are running.    This was my gift Christmas morning 1973.   Lionel MPC Cannonball set.   ATSF 2-4-0 #8300 is still pulling fast and strong at 46 years old.

Nice!  I got the Lionel Cannonball set for Christmas 1973 as well, and still have it in my collection.

- Joe


Pittsburgh, PA

VistaDomeScott posted:

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays ! 

The CVSR Polar Express and work keeping me too busy to set up a Christmas floor layout yet.   Here are a  few views from the CVSR Polar Express last week as we deadheaded to Akron.20191127_214802

Now those are darn way COOL handrails!!

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