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I never had any Plasticville as a kid. I had hand-me-down Lionel from an older cousin. This was assembled and wired by a neighbor high school kid onto a 4x6 train board. There never was any scenery. I might have had Lionel accessories, I think I had the gateman and the station you could announce out of. But I loved running that train round and around.

I think that's why I have zero interest in modeling. Like Arnold, I love the Plasticville I now own because it looks toy-like. I just love running toy trains, on temporary banquet tables, and I want them to look like toys.

Don't get me wrong, I really love seeing pictures of the marvelous modelers here with Legacy engines and detailed, detailed worlds. It's just fantastic and I do so appreciate it.

But what makes my heart sing is a toy train. Perhaps that's why I'd rather have a Scooby Doo LionChief starter set than a Premier engine. I still buy starter sets--it makes me feel like a kid again.



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Tom, the red summer stock theater is an HO structure  but I did not save the box and do not remember the manufacturer.

Leroof, the house with the blue roof and plastic green plants on the front of it is an O scale structure and, again, I have no box and do not remember the manufacturer.


Revell made few HO structures.  That was one and I also had a newspaper plant and a bakery (same buildings with different fronts and details), a beautiful little train station with a water tank and stand-alone spout, a bank with a vault, and others.

I had forgotten them until I saw your picture, now I have to go hunting.  Curse you, Arnold Cribari, for making me want to go pend more money.  

That particular summer stock playhouse is special to me because my wife loves the theater and acting, and now participates in a virtual acting class. Arnold

In my past life and career, I played several summer stock theatres and indeed ran one for two seasons. I saw that building and was instantly transported back to the 60s'-70s. I need to improvise something for my layout.

Summer stock as we knew it no longer exists. There are only a handful of strawhat theatres still operating. An era gone.

Plasticville is my go to for just about every structure I have. I have a few Marx and K-Line buildings along with a few Lionel but the majority are Plasticville. I like their simpleness , just enough detail to not be totally toy like but not a rivet counters delight by any stretch! Most of mine has been repainted and glued together along with frosted window glazing and insides painted black so I can light them up.


I am working on my "retro" layout, sort of a pandemic project.  It is designed to run all postwar trains since my main layout takes command trains only.  So, of course I needed a farm scene with Plasticville buildings.  Here is the result.  Since we have horses, I had to have them also.  Turns out[, Plasticville didn't have but one horse in their "animal" set.  Then  it dawned on me that Lionel's General horse car used Plasticville horses, so they should be available with parts dealers.  They were an our local Desert Division parts guy furnished me with four.  The other two are watching for a train to go by.

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I only have 2 Plasticville buildings on my layout,  the police and fire stations.  Both  will become some sort of lineside storage facility.  Only the fire  station has a primer coat on it waiting for an appropriate color to mask the stucco. The police station is perfect,  has burglar bars on the windows, I will remove them from the 2nd story. I will frost over all the windows in both buildings so you can't see in. Still deciding on placement of them.

I guess in your opinion I must be some kind of infidel for not keeping them original. LOL.



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I'm excited about Plasticville, even off the layout. With 2 granddaughters ages 9 and almost 4, Plasticville structures can be like doll houses for them. This particularly true of the Plasticville Hospital (with the beds, chairs, desk, emergency equipment, gurney, etc.) and the Plasticville Barn with animals.

My master plan is to get my granddaughters hooked on the trains by first getting them hooked on Plasticville.

The Hospital is awesome. Will post photos of it later.

Here we go, the Hospital:




I have most, but not all the hospital furniture. Will add to it when I go on the hunt for it at train shows.



Your hospital is amazing! It even comes with a floor plan! Obviously it was built in the 50's since it's just one big ward and not individual rooms. Did it come with room dividers for the restroom or was that up to the modeler?

Everything in white for cleanliness!

Currently I do not have any Plasticville on my layouts. However, my layout from the 70”s used these beloved structures. Here are a few pics of my cul-de-sac, Freedom Hall park, farm with pasture and my coal yard.


I don't know what it is but that shade of red on the wall looks great as a backdrop for the layout. Almost like it better than trying to have a blue sky, mountains, clouds, etc... Never in a million years would I pick that color but I love it.

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Seeing the hospital made me wonder if it also came as a "stripped-down" version without the interior pieces? I remember getting a hospital, manufacturing plant and farm to expand the town when my 1953 4x8  layout was redesigned to encompass an 8x12 L-shaped table in 1959. However, the hospital was just a shell ike most of the other Plasticville buildings on the layout and I don't think Santa would have discarded the interior.

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