I started collecting trains in 1946 when I received my first train set for Christmas when I was 6 years old. I set up trains from then until 1958 when I went away for college --- the Navy --- and law school. After law school I set up trains in 1969 and 1970 --- then from 1973 to the present.
From 1977 to 1992 I would set up the train platform and trains in our dining room for the Christmas holidays. I usually started setting them up on Thanksgiving night and taking them down in mid-January. But in 1993 (after we first had an "empty nest") I finally had a permanent train room upstairs. The main platform measures 8 by 14 ft.. The trains are mostly Lionel O27 gauge. The tracks are nailed down on grass paper.
Seven trains run on four different levels --- including a large variety of Freight and Passenger cars pulled by Steam Engines --- Diesel Engines --- and even a Snow Plow --- plus there are Trolley cars --- Gang cars --- Villages --- a Town Square --- a Residential area --- Commercial buildings --- an Amusement park --- a Farm --- and many operating devices and scenes. There are also close to a thousand figures (people & animals) on this layout.
TO SEE SOME ANIMATED SCENES, OPERATING DEVICES AND THE RUNNING TRAINS JUST CLICK EACH LINK BELOW:
1. TRAINS GALORE
2. MORE TRAINS GALORE
3. ROCKIN' RAILOAD - REVISED - WITH SEVERAL NEW FEATURES
4. TERRIFIC TRAIN TREATS
5. FUN WITH TRAINS
6. TRAIN TOWN - VIDEO WITH NEW ITEMS
7. 2015 TRAINS - THE LATEST VIDEO
The Train Layout
The Village at Night
Left side of the layout with the Main Square on the first level.
The 2035 Steam Engine pulls 11 cars.
The Virginian Steam Engine pulls 9 cars.
The Burlington Diesel pulls 8 cars.
The Santa Fe Diesel pulls 8 cars and is the Passenger Train.
The Passenger cars are lighted.
The right side of the layout. Note the Amusement Park on the right.
The Ferris Wheel is a Classic!
The Kiddie Car Ride. I made that one myself years ago.
The Wild Swing Ride!
Rotar gives 'em a thrill!
The High & Low Ride
Residential on 3rd level; Backhoe digging in cemetery and New Car Showroom on 2nd level.
Left side - 2nd & 3rd Levels. Note: Boy climbing rope to Tree house and operating playground.
The 9-Story Apartment Building!
The Farm on the 3rd level.
The operating Skating Rink on the 4th level.
The Snowplow Engine on the 3rd level pulls 6 cars.
The Empire State Engine on the 4th level pulls 4 cars. It was my very first train in 1946!
My original cars: The Caboose, the Oil Car and the Pipe Car --- all made of metal.
The 2026 Steam Engine on the 2nd level pulls an amazing 16 cars!
3 of the boxcars on the 2nd level.
A closed Hopper car and a coal dump car on the 2nd level.
The Sobriety Checkpoint. The driver is so drunk he runs over the policeman! I made this operating item, too.
"Bush Gardens" - our House of Ill Repute! Note the line of customers. On the right is
an operating mailman who's being chased by dogs and dropping his mail.
Here’s what it looks like inside. The photos on the walls are “customers” (some of my
friends). Jane & I bought the racy figures in Manassas, Virginia years ago.
Note the sign atop the building.
The Old Time Neighborhood
More Old Time Neighborhood
The Jewelry Store, the Movie Theater and "O'Grady's Irish Tavern".
The Operating Firehouse and the Operating Service Station.
You gotta have a Steeler Billboard if you're a big Steeler fan!
A "Test Your Strength" arcade game can be a lot of fun!
"Ed's Christmas Tree Lot" gets very busy at Christmas time!
The Pittsburgh Trolley and the Lionelville Trolley.
The Gang Car (like the trolleys) has bumpers on each end and
drives back and forth.
The Lionel Airplane flies in circles.
The Hobo Camp. One hobo tries to light the campfire.
The Circus is in town! Clowns, Lion Tamers, Knife Throwers, Tall Man and all the rest!
"Joe's Hot Dogs & Hamburgers" and "Suzy's Ice Cream Parlor" are always popular!
My original Passenger Station & Freight Station from 1951. The white snack truck was
bought in 2013 --- 62 years later!
New in 2014
The newest figures: Sign Man --- the Panhandler reaching his hat out --- a
Nurse pushing a guy in a wheelchair --- and a guy on crutches. These figures were
bought in March, 2014.
The Steel Pier Billboard
The Margate Elephant Billboard
Rock Island Searchlight Car
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Car
A couple Model T Fords
New in 2015
County Jail and Prisoners
Campsite and Campers
Erie Flat Car with two VW Convertibles
Six Street People were added to the Hobo scene.
The Operating Lumberjacks
The Santa Fe Dash 8 Diesel Engine
Flat Car with 2 Convertibles
Newsstand & Newspaper People
Cars from Yesteryear
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