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Almost every interesting place that you visit in this country, whether it’s a museum, a gallery, aquarium, website or whatever, has to have a gift shop to help defray the cost of building, maintaining and updating the place so that it remains appealing, informative and useful to those who visit. This page is the gift shop, so to speak for this site. Hopefully, it will be interesting to some, useful for others and hopefully not too offensive to those who don’t like gift shops in general…
This is a place where you can slow down and browse for a minute. Get a cup of coffee and relax. Hold off on the intense reading for a while and just look at some train stuff for fun.
Maybe you’ll see something you’d like for yourself or for a friend or family member.
TRADE IN YOUR OLD STUFF!
We all have things lying around that we don't use or need anymore. This is the place to get rid of those items and get some some money back that you can use for your model railroad or train collection. Learn more...
Or, SEARCH for something specific at √AMAZON- They have EVERYTHING!
√ Or check out the latest model railroading stuff at EBAY --
Even if you don’t buy anything, I hope you have fun just looking around. Any time that you want to just relax a bit and do nothing but mindless browsing for a while, we'll be here for you. Take your time. Then, when you’re ready, get back to the layout! You’ll feel better - Refreshed and ready to tackle the next challenge.
Christmas Trains - Enjoying the Holidays!
Christmas and Trains go together like apple pie and ice cream. One without the other is just not as much fun.
Setting up a model train around the Christmas tree during November and December every year is a very common tradition and adds to the whole family's enjoyment of the Holidays. √Lionel trains, or the so-called "√toy trains" in O scale are the most commonly used Christmas trains - and especially the Polar Express in recent times, although the Hogwarts train has attracted a lot of attention as well. They are big and impressive and are just the right size for the average Christmas tree in most everyone's living room this time of year. A friend of mine has five sets of Lionel oval tracks around his family tree, one inside the other, each one with a different Christmas train running on it. The kids love it and the adults love it even more (even if they don't say it!)
If you have a model train layout, don't forget to decorate it for the Holidays. There are all kinds of things that can be added to a train layout temporarily and then removed or hidden later until the next Holiday Season rolls around. You can use green and red √pipe cleaners, for example, to make small wreaths for the front of your locomotives or the doors of some of your model buildings. Add a short string of √fairy lights to some of your evergreen trees. Buy a couple of √model Christmas Trees in your scale and add lights. Get a few √people figures depicting the Holidays - like Santa, elves, reindeer, ice skaters. You could also buy some √miniature Christmas houses to put on your layout temporarily.
You could even create a small temporary Holiday layout in HO or N scale on a shelf or a bar in your home with a Trolley running back and forth as I did here...
So while the rest of the family is decorating the tree, you could be adding to the decor with √Christmas trains.
And, of course, if you do have a model train layout in your home, make sure your trains are operating well, because the family will surely want to see them when they come to visit! Visit the Troubleshooting Page.
One more thing - Don't forget to take the family to see the local Holiday train displays in your area. Very Important!!
This Lego Train Set comes with an oval track. You can also buy a Lego fire station and village to go with it, not to mention extra tracks, a motor for the train and a remote control to operate it!
√Lego Train Set
Many if not most of us who are interested in model railroading got started because we received a √train set
as a gift usually around the Holidays. Many of us have fond memories of that first American Flyer or Lionel running around the oval under the tree. Why not create that same fond memory for someone else? Click on the link above to find a great deal on a new train set that would be the perfect gift for the Holidays!
My other hobby is Photography. I love to take pictures of anything and everything. I mostly like to take artistic pictures of nature. One of our favorite things to do as a family has been to travel to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah area during the fall and bring back some great photos. I also like to visit railroad museums and train stations whenever I can and take pictures of prototypical trains. I can use the same camera to take great pictures of my layout at home. The best digital SLR I have ever used is the Canon Rebel 3Ti. The newer versions are even better. The ease of use, fast shutter speed, affordability, multiple configurable features, and fantastic clear, sharp pictures with great color rendition makes this SLR camera my favorite of all time. The best point-and-shoot camera out there in my opinion is the Panasonic Lumix of which there are multiple versions. I have the DMC-FZ300, which has so many bells and whistles, I haven't even learned them all yet.
Want to take great pictures of your layout?
Do you need any photo equipment for your next rail fanning adventure?
A LIGHT BOX is an excellent tool for photographing your model buildings, locomotives or other items you want to sell online
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√You may want to consider one of the great classic photos of O. Winston Link...
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