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Here's the current incarnation of my display with Christmas-themed trains only. At this point in my life the display "evolves" each year rather than getting created anew.

 

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That's a REALLY nice...and BUSY...layout! :appl:
 

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Very nice, a Winter Wonder Land. :smilie_daumenpos:

Love the log cabin, is that hand made or a kit?
 

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three trains

running three trains

nice

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Thanks for the compliments!

To answer a few questions:
- The log cabin is a Department 56 Snow Village piece
- The church (and the other smaller houses in the mountain village) were hand-painted by my mother for my father as a gift in the '70s in a ceramics class. I'm not certain of the maker of the molds. I've searched a few times trying to track the maker down and have been unsuccessful.
- Everything else structure-wise is Department 56, almost all Snow Village.
 

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Oh..., and the empty shelves hold my standard-gauge tinplate which are currently underneath the tree. I need to shoot some video of that display and post.
 

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Nice pics. I would recommend O with the buildings. HO would seem a bit small (to me).

For the trestles I used strips of wood trim from Home Depot. Stained them and cut / assembled with nails and glue.
 

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I have no experience with Dept 56. But I had read that the snow village line was close to O-scale while the remainder of products were smaller.
 

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I have found that O scale looks ok with all of the Department 56 village series. However it seems to be more in scale with the non-Snow Village series, especially when looking at the figures / people. Standard gauge looks best with Snow Village and its figures.

That said, my O layout is almost all Snow Village and I'm running standard gauge with the North Pole and New England villages. I just keep the figures away from the trains. :)
 
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