There was a thread recently started by a member of the OGR Forum that asked the question about Christmas/Winter layouts, who had them, and why. Of the 30 plus members who replied, only one had a year-round Christmas layout. This member posted some very nice photos and it was obvious he put considerable effort into his layout. The other posters showed photos of past Christmas layouts set up around their Christmas Trees and they totally missed the point of the thread. Not said to be critical, just a fact.
The thread starter was on to something. That's the point of this thread. To give the proper prospective and to be fair, I wanted to give the background information that motivated this discussion. When I first decided to do a year-round Christmas layout many years ago, there were very few if us who chose this route. I had accumulated a large collection of Department 56 buildings and accessories and I thought, why not combine the two hobby's into one. Some of my train friends though I was crazy. Once done, I was amazed just how popular this idea was among our visitors to the layout. They were immediately transported to a time of the year that gave them very happy memories.
So, maybe I am somewhat of a pioneer in terms of year-round Christmas layouts. Our own Big Crab Cake Emile is also another pioneer in this regard. I believe there are more and more folks out there that are comfortable with winter scenes. RailCat Paul is another member who has dedicated much of his layout to Christmas/Winter. He also has done an outstanding job with his modeling.
If you have part of your layout or all of it dedicated to Christmas scenes, tell us about it and why you chose this route.
Post by Yellowstone Special on Jul 24, 2020 14:06:30 GMT
The wife had been collecting Dept. 56 and Lemax structures over the past 20 years or so. So rather than put up and take down a Christmas village display every year, we decided to combine my trains and her Christmas village into one permanent basement layout so we wouldn't have to put up and take it down each Christmas. It went up in time for Christmas, 2011, so has endured for over 8 years now and is still a hit with visitors. Between Thanksgiving and and New Year's Day, we run the Polar Express on it. But during the rest of the year, anything goes.