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And yes that means the trains were packed away as well... Always a sad day for me and one of the reasons I joined a Club last year. It's nice to run trains and not be sitting on the floor!!

I think I had 6 or 7 different engines run at different times over the last month so almost everything I own got exercised! The engine I enjoyed the most was from a Lionel RTR set from 2002. One I found on Craigslist. Seller had the set box, track, transformer and engine and wanted $50, we settled on $30. Even better, the engine is a dead match for the plastic bodied engine that I got in my first set back in 61".

Little die cast steamer with smoke, that actually works well, made me smile more than the expensive priced toys!!

After 3 weeks off, work starts today, headed to DC and then our Club Open House is Saturday!!
 

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Never put one up this year, didn't feel like Christmas..First time in 69 years I didn't have a tree up.
 

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Never put one up this year, didn't feel like Christmas..First time in 69 years I didn't have a tree up.
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for me was my first year. I started out with a lionel trolley i was given to sell or keep... used it and liked it to which a friend gave me a ton of old O gauge so ive been going through it and getting things cleaned/working as they have sat since 1985...

and got to run some trains...

im gonna definitely have way more up next year.
 

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Yep, tree is packed away, Plastic, did not need watering. Wife says she wants for next year the real deal tree. Been about 20 years since we had a fresh cut tree. I guess what goes around comes around, real deal next year.

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Our tree deconstruction begins tonight. Funny thing is, I'm positive this has been the BEST live tree we have ever put up. It still hasn't lost a lot of its needles and is still taking water. Get this: It was a Home Depot tree. I've NEVER bought a tree from a big box store until this year. I always use the local tree lots. This year the trees on the lots were scrawny and thin. Not my style. Went to Depot with the fam and found this one in 10 minutes. They must have brought some in from a nursery far away.
 

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Yep, tree is packed away, Plastic, did not need watering. Wife says she wants for next year the real deal tree. Been about 20 years since we had a fresh cut tree. I guess what goes around comes around, real deal next year.

Bill
we have never not had a real tree... 28 years now... and im tired of the mess, water, sometimes tree dies before xmas and have to take it apart, return and then redecorate a new one...

frustrating..

my current basement is laid out and now looking at trains, I can find a small corner but we are looking at another house. 3rd time.. sunday…
and im going there to look at the basement. bringing tape measure and going to see where to do a BIG L for O and straight for HO... so ill have a possible solution to do a layout.

my 13y old has been showing interest with me playing with these that I have got from a friend so I want to engage him with me on this and it be an US thing... will include the wife too...


while your tree is away and you say all is away...

we do dept56 houses for Xmas and Halloween... now im going to be doing trains/trolleys for those holidays and want to find a way to do others as well.. easter and valentines day...

so I can have trains all year long!
 

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Our tree deconstruction begins tonight. Funny thing is, I'm positive this has been the BEST live tree we have ever put up. It still hasn't lost a lot of its needles and is still taking water. Get this: It was a Home Depot tree. I've NEVER bought a tree from a big box store until this year. I always use the local tree lots. This year the trees on the lots were scrawny and thin. Not my style. Went to Depot with the fam and found this one in 10 minutes. They must have brought some in from a nursery far away.
We had the same exact experience, and never bought a HD tree before, but the local lots had bad trees, so we tried HD. Best tree ever and no needle loss!

More importantly the tree is gone but the trains are still out! I'm working on a movable layout that I can store in pieces and put around the tree next Christmas so I can more than just a loop, maybe a yard and sidings.
 

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Our tree deconstruction begins tonight. Funny thing is, I'm positive this has been the BEST live tree we have ever put up. It still hasn't lost a lot of its needles and is still taking water. Get this: It was a Home Depot tree. I've NEVER bought a tree from a big box store until this year. I always use the local tree lots. This year the trees on the lots were scrawny and thin. Not my style. Went to Depot with the fam and found this one in 10 minutes. They must have brought some in from a nursery far away.
We had the same exact experience, and never bought a HD tree before, but the local lots had bad trees, so we tried HD. Best tree ever and no needle loss!

More importantly the tree is gone but the trains are still out! I'm working on a movable layout that I can store in pieces and put around the tree next Christmas so I can more than just a loop, maybe a yard and sidings.

my wife had me take a 4x4 piece of plywood and make 2- 2x4 pieces so its elevated (dont want roomba hitting track) and easy to put away. our first time and wife used cottony stuff for snow then we learn how much sparks come off these things lol...

next year ill go more oval as this tree is in a bumput in front room
 

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