And so it begins...
Last night we took the first steps towards having a functional train and village display for our holiday shows through December and beyond at the historic Redford Theatre in Detroit. For those that don't know, the Redford Theatre is a 1928 neighborhood movie theater that has been just about fully restored by the all volunteer staff of the Motor City Theatre Organ Society who's owned it since the mid 1970's. They purchased the building to preserve its original Barton theater pipe organ in its original home, which is a very rare thing in the theater organ world. A Christmas train display has been a tradition that goes back to the late 1980's. I've been doing it for nearly 10 years now with O gauge trains, although the previous display was G gauge.
Here's our display in its setting in the theater from two years ago
Last night we put down our masonite panels over top of the 4x8 foot stage platforms we have ganged together to build on. Although we took steps last year to ensure a nice smooth surface across all of the platforms, there are a couple of bows that cause issues with track laying, so the masonite helps smooth that out a bit. We also are able to paint the masonite white to give a better backing for the snow material we lay down versus the black tops of the stage platforms.
It's not much, but it's a start. The next step will be figuring out the track plan and deciding if anything will change from last year in that area.