Holiday layouts and displays

artfull dodger

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The holiday season is upon us and atleast here in the USA, trains under the family Christmas tree has been a tradition going back to the infancy of toy trains of any kind. Mostly Standard and O gauge Lionel along with American Flyer over here for many years till LGB appeared on the scene. The quieter running and less mess thanks to sealed gear boxes combined with thier larger size makes them a natural fit under the tree. I am in the process of setting up our family Christmas tree, awaiting on my wife to return with new light sets as 3 of the 4 sets I use failed this year and are not worth fighting with. I also got out our LGB Stainz set, the only G scale I have that is not set up for battery power. Once the tree is decorated and fallen needles cleaned up, the tree skirt, buildings including the manger scene can be set up, along with the train. Lets see your holiday set ups for those that set up trains for the holidays. Pics of our family's set up coming soon! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays for our family to yours! Mike and Michele T
 
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Paul M

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But it's not the end of November yet..............
 
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Here is the winter village I built last year-
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artfull dodger

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Looked nice Andy. Some folks here in the states set up thier trees not long after Halloween. We wait till the day after Thanksgiving as that is when the Christmas season kicks off where we live. Lots of festivals start up today, the large monument on the circle in Indianapolis gets its lights turned on with a big celebration that is even on the TV last night. Mike
 
Madman

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Bah-humbug. Decorations, dead trees with lights, Black Friday, one trillion dollars spent by all of the crazies that will shop this weekend. All of that effort and money could have gone to buy more trains.....:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:.....All seriousness aside;

Last year I set up a Lionel "O" gauge layout. It had a couple of passive operating accessories.


This year I think I will set up some of my LGB trains.
 
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Much small this year Rhino. The main event is quite different (got to keep the punters entertained) it's Santas house, workshop and stables - full size in a large marquee.
The model village is just a queuing entertainment whilst waiting for Santas house.
 
artfull dodger

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The tree decorating is still a work in progress, but I wanted to get a pic of the trains. Overhead train passing thru as I took the pic. Mike and Michele T
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Gavin Sowry

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dunnyrail

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The tree decorating is still a work in progress, but I wanted to get a pic of the trains. Overhead train passing thru as I took the pic. Mike and Michele T
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Nice high line.
 
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PaulRhB

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Paul, is this something you created this year ? It's fantastic !
Yep I’ve been doing daft tiny micros for a few years but as I wanted to test some techniques I made this. The curves are sharper than the layout will be but it was a fun scenic test.
Details of the build here on RMweb
Bonsai RhB in Nm9 - Swiss Railways
 
stevedenver

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Paul thats beautiful and convincing. Love the integration of the bridge and mountain.



As for the xmas train thing, despite my outdoor layout, i love it. I run mine around the perimeter of our great room, mostly out of foot traffic areas, and, perfect for watching with a drink. R3, long siding, station, figures. I run my largest and most non weather tolerant locos. Some years i use a crossing over the loop and run a tram on a shuttle as well, slow, with auto accel and decel and long station wait times.

Shameless, very suburban and unromantic, we changed to artificial tress, pre lighted,(very cool options) the year when my hip failed and i could no longer lift our 2 100 lb fresh trees. No water, no needles, branches hold the heaviest ornaments. Alas, no fragrance. The convenience is great.

While im ok now, i like the phony trees.

Our guests, non train peeps, love the trains.
 
Paul2727

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Chrimbo decs nearly all done this weekend... (Thank Grud..)
JUst the outdoor stuff left to set up now. (SWMBO loves Chrimbo.)
Anyhoo, I managed to slip a (Static.) Train into the front room window display this year.
Please see pics:
Gotta love all that Playmobil...
All thoughts of reality and scale out the window... Well it is Christmas...
Paul,
 

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playmofire

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Chrimbo decs nearly all done this weekend... (Thank Grud..)
JUst the outdoor stuff left to set up now. (SWMBO loves Chrimbo.)
Anyhoo, I managed to slip a (Static.) Train into the front room window display this year.
Please see pics:
Gotta love all that Playmobil...
All thoughts of reality and scale out the window... Well it is Christmas...
Paul,
Very nice; great to see Playmobil.
 
Eaglecliff

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SWMBO has made the cake, I’ve written all my cards... can I afford to post them, though? Thank Heavens for the Scouts.
(Here in the UK, local Scout groups organise a cut-price local delivery, quite legally, for the benefit of their funds. Cost is around half normal 2nd class price. About half of my cards go that way. Highly recommended, by me anyway.)