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I know some folks were looking for my annual post for this display so I apologize for the late start.  We've been working on it over the past month, but life has been a bit busy (in a good way) and hasn't left me much time.  Unfortunately I've also been pretty bad about getting photos taken this year as we work....

For those that don't know, this display at the historic Redford Theatre in Detroit, a 1928 neighborhood movie theater preserved and restored by the Motor City Theatre Organ Society (the theater is home to its original Barton Theater Pipe Organ from the silent film days).  It has been my project since 2011, although trains at the theater for Christmas have been a tradition going back to the late 1980s.  Aside from one year off due to the pandemic, the layout has been growing and/or improving ever since.

Anyway... I'm in the final few days of work before it gets unveiled for the first holiday related movies this weekend.  The tracks are wired, the village buildings are placed and I began getting the street lights and other lighted accessories wired last night.  Still to come is lighting the buildings, placing trees and other village details and then it should be pretty well set!  This year a member of my train club generously donated his entire village collection to the display.  The second to last photo shows the Christmas light strings that I began mounting to the table surface beneath the snow layer several years ago.  It's somewhat of a necessity to make the village visible in the darker auditorium.  In these photos, the bright work lights are on.  Normally the auditorium is lit to give the feeling of being outside under a starry night sky (it's an atmospheric type theater), so things are pretty dim.

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A bit delayed, but thanks for the kind words!

It's been a busy month, but I finally had a few minutes to put a video together to show off the finished layout at the theater.  It turned out quite well and has been well received by patrons all month.  We had our final shows of the year last weekend, but the layout generally remains up for a fair amount of time beyond Christmas due to the amount of work put into it.

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A bit delayed, but thanks for the kind words!

It's been a busy month, but I finally had a few minutes to put a video together to show off the finished layout at the theater.  It turned out quite well and has been well received by patrons all month.  We had our final shows of the year last weekend, but the layout generally remains up for a fair amount of time beyond Christmas due to the amount of work put into it.



Great video, Jake!

Peter

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