Christmas Layouts

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Christmas Layouts
Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:45 PM

Yep, it's that time of year again!  Big Smile  Show off your handiwork!

A couple of weeks ago I acquired an American Flyer 310 Pacific:

 

Over the summer I sold my Les Paul Goldtop and this is what I did with part of the money.  So I figured I'd show that to you guys first.  Big Smile

Independence Hall has moved back from 6 years of Disneyland service.

And the Doctor has arrived:

Have fun!  Big Smile  And Merry Christmas!  Big Smile

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 11:15 PM

I sold a Fender P- bass and used part of the cash for the 726rr. It's amazing how much those old instruments appreciate ! Great pictures! I need to get one of the Flyer Pennsy engines to round out my collection...

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Posted by phrankenstign on Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:47 PM

I sold a Fender Precision Bass and a Peavey CS-800 to raise enough money for an engagement ring for my (now) ex-wife.  What a waste!

 

What kind of track is that in the TARDIS/Doctor pic?

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:44 PM

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What kind of track is that in the TARDIS/Doctor pic?

It's extra tie Lionel O scale tubular.  I added popsicle sticks too.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, November 26, 2017 6:38 PM

"As you exit the tram, please be sure to take all of your belongings with you, and grasp small children firmly by the hand."

"There are several ways to visit Disneyland.  If you're a first time visitor, you may enjoy the guided tour.  Returning guests will recall the value of ticket books.  The Big 10 and the Deluxe 15."

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, November 26, 2017 9:41 PM

Let's see if I can get this to work.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, November 26, 2017 11:09 PM

Great job! That Monorail is especially nice. I see you have your tree up, feeling like the holidays!

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Posted by LL675 on Monday, November 27, 2017 11:02 AM

 

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, November 27, 2017 6:07 PM

Oh, it worked all right Becky, it worked.

With that video and the other shots you posted I need to take a moment and pick my lower jaw up off the floor.  Wow.

And LL675 those are some nice shots too, a real time travel trip back to the 50's!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, November 27, 2017 7:52 PM

I goofed, had to make a change:

The version with music was supposed to be for my own personal use.

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Posted by chatanuga on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7:36 PM

From 2 years ago.

I'm planning on making a new video this year since I've since gotten an HD video camera, and since upgrading to Windows 10 this year, I can now pull videos directly from the camera and get them online faster.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:18 PM

I spent the day doing a bit of stop motion animation.  I think you'll like this version better than my previous one.

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Posted by Major on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 8:29 PM

Some pictures of my son's wide gauge layout under his tree from last year. We are making a new one again this year.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 8:47 PM

Fantastic stuff guys!  Big SmileThumbs Up

Kevin I love the on board video!  Big Smile

L675: A classic look done right!  Big Smile

Major, your son's layout is a dream!  Big Smile

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, November 30, 2017 9:38 AM

Always enjoy seeing others trains at Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, November 30, 2017 5:28 PM

Amazing work from all of you!  Thanks so much for posting!

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Posted by chatanuga on Sunday, December 03, 2017 3:31 PM

Video of this year's tree and a ride around on the Lionel, this time in HD.  Smile

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, December 03, 2017 5:44 PM

I was hoping you would post this here too!  Big Smile  I love the "on train" sequences!  Big Smile

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, December 03, 2017 6:16 PM

https://youtu.be/XtwlcOOaMKI

One last look at my old layout.  My sister, Katie, provided the imagery (a birthday present to me before we moved).

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Posted by chatanuga on Sunday, December 03, 2017 6:46 PM

Penny Trains

I was hoping you would post this here too!  Big Smile  I love the "on train" sequences!  Big Smile

 

I was taking it kind of easy when doing those.  Unlike the digital camera I used two years ago, I didn't have my Sony Handycam rubberbanded to the flat car.  I was afraid that if I went to fast it would vibrate off behind the tree out of reach.  Would have made for a different video then.  Smile

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, December 04, 2017 10:17 PM

Video #2 featuring mayhem on my postwar layout.  Wink  Enjoy!  Big Smile

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:56 PM

Oh wow, that was fun!

Was that the Lionel paper "Wartime Train" I saw charging across the carpet?

And did I see your 2035 out for a romp on the mainline?

By the way, I glad The Doctor survived his encounter with that steam engine, but as Tom Baker once said in the series...

"I am a Time Lord.  Having lived in the future how can I die in the past?"

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 6:14 PM

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Was that the Lionel paper "Wartime Train" I saw charging across the carpet?

Yep.  But it's a Greenberg repro from the 80's.  Big Smile

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 6:20 PM

P.S. I'm working on the final segment now, featuring a bit of standard gauge and clockwork O.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 6:51 PM

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Was that the Lionel paper "Wartime Train" I saw charging across the carpet?

 

Yep.  But it's a Greenberg repro from the 80's.  Big Smile

 

I thought it might be the repro, I remember you saying you put one together a few years back.

Quite an achievement, if the repro was as tough to assemble as the original.

 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:24 PM

Probably harder since the originals were die-cut and on the repros you have to figure out just exactly where the slots are and how big the tabs should be.  It's a bit of a headbanger!  Bang Head

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Posted by emdmike on Friday, December 08, 2017 5:23 PM

Our layout is my father's 1948 Lionel 1423w starter set, complete with track and original transformer(that I put a new cord on this year finally).  Have to keep it simple thanks to having 4 dogs.  There is a milk platform(need to find what box the milk car is packed away in still) and a Marx Girard station. Engine runs flawlessly as does the whistle tender.  I upgraded the old 1655 with a NOS power chassis a few years ago from Madison Hardware before it was sold. I have the original but its so worn out that the engine barely runs forward anymore.  My grandfather bought the set in 1949 second hand from the neighbors who's boys had lost interest. I was first exposed to the wonders of Lionel during Christmas 1978 when the Tyco HO sets that I was given died in short order that morning.  The set became a Christmas tradition again every year till I turned 12.  That year it wasn't set up when we got to my grandparents in Ohio.  It was wrapped up under the tree that year, and it was mine to take home.  Grandpa deemed me ready and able to properly care for the set.  As you can see, she still earns her keep every holiday season.     Merry Christmas   Mike and Michele T

 

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Posted by rtraincollector on Friday, December 08, 2017 9:49 PM

I really want to put a loop around the tree but I wonder how safe it will be. I have two very active children 

 

This is about the 6' - 7' area of our 9' tree. 

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Posted by emdmike on Friday, December 08, 2017 10:34 PM

We had 2 cats when I was a kid, they mostly just stalked the train and watched it run. Never really bothered it otherise. Even while mom and dad were at work and myself and sisters were at school for the day. A squirt gun will train the cat to stay out of the tree.  Mom did that with all the cats when we got a new one

 

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, December 09, 2017 11:13 AM

We never had cats, but we did have Basset Hounds, still do.

Bassets don't usually bother with anything that isn't food, but we had one, Tillie, who liked to sleep under the tree with her 75 pound butt slung on the tracks!  Yep, "Dogzilla" blocking the main line!

One we had, Bruno, was fascinated by the trains under the tree.  When I sat down on the floor for an operating session he'd sit right next to me watching the action.

Just like a Lionel magazine ad, "A boy, his dog, and his trains!"

Two we had, Siegfried and Tristan, were interested in the trains until their cold wet noses bridged the inner and outer rails.  ZAP!  THAT lead to some furious barking at the layout and the trains!

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