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Are you building (or have built) a Christmas train layout?

Please show us a picture or give us a link to your video.

I'm still working on mine.

Thanks,

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You do not want to know what my usual Christmas layout looks like... It is just a circle running around the base of my Christmas tree

That may be what I have this year. I'm planning a big one but I'm sure it won't be ready till next Christmas season.
 

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This will be the first year we will have an electric train around the tree
(in recent history) - I'll be sure and post a picture or 2.
 

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No Layout just a train

Ifound an old 2018 shell in a lot. Aside from the bad paint the shell was in good condition. So I decided to paint it and use it as the Holiday train. The cowcatcher is from a 224 and needed to be fitted with a dremel. I did use bondo scratch repair for the pits. I didn't want another black engine so the colors were used.

The engine is from a 1666 I think. It works fine I still need small wheels and side rods. I do have dated Holiday cars and will post them later.

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You do not want to know what my usual Christmas layout looks like... It is just a circle running around the base of my Christmas tree
Me too.. and not even my tree, my girlfriends :)

Although I did get them some new LGB Christmas trains this year so I am looking forward to those.
 

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Great video, DJ:thumbsup:

Here's my video Christmas card from last year...

http://s126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/1shaygetz/videos/?action=view&current=Christmas2007.flv

For those with dial-up, this was Christmas '03-'05...



...this was Christmas '06...



...then I added an upper loop in '07....



...and operating Tyco accessories a week later...



...scenery being added, that's white bathtub caulk for plowed snow on the roads and walks...
I made the tree stand with the false tunnel entrance for our artificial tree...



...to which my beloved says, "Thus and no farther..." ;-)

 

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Ifound an old 2018 shell in a lot. Aside from the bad paint the shell was in good condition. So I decided to paint it and use it as the Holiday train. The cowcatcher is from a 224 and needed to be fitted with a dremel. I did use bondo scratch repair for the pits. I didn't want another black engine so the colors were used.

The engine is from a 1666 I think. It works fine I still need small wheels and side rods. I do have dated Holiday cars and will post them later.

Bob
Excellent work!

It looks great.
 

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Great video, DJ:thumbsup:

Here's my video Christmas card from last year...


For those with dial-up, this was Christmas '03-'05...


...this was Christmas '06...


...then I added an upper loop in '07....


...and operating Tyco accessories a week later...


...scenery being added, that's white bathtub caulk for plowed snow on the roads and walks...
I made the tree stand with the false tunnel entrance for our artificial tree...

...to which my beloved says, "Thus and no farther..." ;-)

Wow! Excellent!
Thanks much for sharing :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks guys. It has four independent loops of track, one of Marklin M track and three HO flex in 14", 18" and 20" radius. Athearn 4 axle diesels have no problem doing the 14" loop but Thomas is usually the one up there. This year I'll be running my articulateds on the outer loop.

Nice work on the Christmas loc, Bob. I've wanted to do something similar but freeze up when it's time to paint...:eek:
 

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Ya, Bob does good work.

These guys have been helping me overcome my fear of repairing trains.

The old vintage models are really fun and they were made to service. Those days are gone forever I guess. Now everything is throw-away it seems.
 

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The layout is Great!.
It is amazing what a few loops can do. :thumbsup:

I have some HO brass flex for years but haven't gotten around to do anything with it. I have just inherited some hollow doors from a neighbor so maybe soon.
Painting O is easy.It's HO were you have to spray lightly. One color really is nice. I used the blue tape on the 2412 Just a few areas got sloppy with the Aluminum. Now I got to find some wheels for it.Big Train Show in Wilmington Next week. The Greenberg Show.

Tis the Season
Bob
 

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I am forbidden to put a train around the tree. She is afraid I won't know where/when to stop.
Les

:laugh:

I think the whole house should be a train station. I wanted to mount a train on our dinning table. When she says "please pass the butter" it would be shipped via Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad.

But alas this world doesn't understand us. :eek:hwell:
 

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Thats funny you should mention pass the butter. I wanted to put a G scale garden layout in my back yard (its only 4 acres). I told her I could run a track into the kitchen and we could ship burgers and the such out to a grill area for cookouts and picnics or family get together. You ask about her reply. I don't know, it was a few years ago I suggested this and she hasn't said a word about the idea. My late father lived next door. we discussed building a G scale R.R. in our combined back yards approximately 8 acres total, with about an acre wooded. My mother never objected, My wife just said "oh get real". What ever that means. While I am telling expansion Ideas I have had over the years I had might as well tell you this one. My parents neighbor is a model RRer also. Him my father and myself were talking one day and got a really good Idea. Dig a ditch from my Train shed across my parents yard to his yard and his train shed. In doing this we would connect his P.R.R. and my C&O it would be about 400 feet. But we decided the logistics would be to much. But tell me that wouldn't be kool. a 400 foot tunnel.
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Him my father and myself were talking one day and got a really good Idea. Dig a ditch from my Train shed across my parents yard to his yard and his train shed. In doing this we would connect his P.R.R. and my C&O it would be about 400 feet. But we decided the logistics would be to much. But tell me that wouldn't be kool. a 400 foot tunnel.
Les
My mom's neighbor wants me to move back home that so that he can run about a 75 foot viaduct from his layout to mine. He figures it would be about five feet off the ground too.:eek:
 

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Thats funny you should mention pass the butter. I wanted to put a G scale garden layout in my back yard (its only 4 acres). I told her I could run a track into the kitchen and we could ship burgers and the such out to a grill area for cookouts and picnics or family get together. You ask about her reply. I don't know, it was a few years ago I suggested this and she hasn't said a word about the idea. My late father lived next door. we discussed building a G scale R.R. in our combined back yards approximately 8 acres total, with about an acre wooded. My mother never objected, My wife just said "oh get real". What ever that means. While I am telling expansion Ideas I have had over the years I had might as well tell you this one. My parents neighbor is a model RRer also. Him my father and myself were talking one day and got a really good Idea. Dig a ditch from my Train shed across my parents yard to his yard and his train shed. In doing this we would connect his P.R.R. and my C&O it would be about 400 feet. But we decided the logistics would be to much. But tell me that wouldn't be kool. a 400 foot tunnel.
Les
I think "oh get real" means no.

It's sad but to most people trains are just trains.
 
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