Toy trains have been synonymous with Christmas ever since a crudely built toy locomotive was placed under some lucky kid's Christmas tree in the mid-1800s. And that's what this video is all about. You will see elaborate Christmas layouts featuring Lionel, American Flyer MTH, and Marx toy trains. Also included are many beautiful Department 56? buildings. Mixed throughout is happy Christmas music, both traditional and original.
PART ONE features a giant G-gauge layout designed by "The Train Lady", Elaine Silets. Located in the Hancock Center in downtown Chicago, the layout is multi-level and presents a magical holiday theme. The Christmas layout of Jim and Debby Flynn of Marx Trains features, not surprisingly, Marx Trains. You'll see the prototype of their popular CTA elevated train and the Marx Christmas Express. Plus many more whimsical holiday layouts and entertaining music.
PART TWO features the Lionel layout of artist Angela Trotta-Thomas. Angela's husband Bob has been a Lionel enthusiast since he was a kid. Angela and Bob have fun combining his hobby and her talent. The American Flyer layout of Terry Dyer features many of the popular operating accessories of the Gilbert era. You'll see and hear many of the more impressive S gauge trains such as the Silver Flash. Also includes more of the quirky Holiday songs that audiences love in this series.
PART THREE includes the most extensive collection of Department 56 buildings ever captured on video. Classic Standard gauge and O gauge trains run on a sensational Christmas layout along with some favorite holiday music. Also included is the beautiful Lionel Electric Train Shop building produced by Dept. 56 exclusively for Allied Model Trains.
Toy Trains & Christmas Part 1
Toy trains have been synonymous with Christmas ever since a crudely built toy locomotive was placed under some lucky kid's Christmas tree in the mid-1800s. (55 minutes.)
And that's what this video is about - Christmas and toy trains. You will see elaborate Christmas layouts featuring Lionel, American Flyer, Ives and Marx toy trains. You will visit the Christmas layout at the Henry Ford Museum, tour displays featuring Department 56 buildings, the Christmas layout at the Hancock Building in Chicago and the $36,000 layout featured on the cover of Hammachers Schlemmer's Christmas catalog.
There's also a fun Christmas layout starring Santa, Mickey and Pinocchio handcars plus the Mickey Mouse Circus Train. We also visit the Christmas layout at the Lionel Visitors Center and los of other Christmas layouts, both big and small. Rail action includes trains and accessories from every era and almost every manufacturer.
Mixed throughout is happy Christmas music, some original, some traditional and some old favorites with new lyrics.
This is truly a marvelous video for anyone who loves toy trains and Christmas. Toy Trains & Christmas Part 2
Angela Thomas, the Georgia O'Keefe of toy trains, has created a marvelous Christmas layout as part of her 50s style hobby shop/train room. Highlights include Lionel trains and accessories, Dept. 56 Snow Village vignettes, and life-size mural painted by Angela. Angela talks about her paintings and layout - both of which capture perfectly the joys of toy trains and Christmas. Oh, by the way, Angela's husband Bob helped too.
Terry Dyer's S-gauge Christmas layout combines American Flyer trains and accessories with Dept. 56 and Plasticville buildings. Great winter scenery, a scratch-built roundhouse and lots of AF postwar legends dashing through the snow.
Also included is more original Christmas music by Jim Coffey, the star of the first Toy Trains & Christmas. Jim's music is combined with Lionel trains operating on gorgeous Christmas layouts.
Toy Trains & Christmas, Part 3
A delightful mix of toy trains, Dept. 56 villages and cheery Christmas music. See toy train classics like the Mayflower, Blue Comet, Santa Fe, and Hiawatha dashing through the snow. Other highlights include a huge outdoor display featuring Lionel trains and Bill Kern's fabulous Dept. 56 collection.
Award-winning singer Jim Coffey sings both traditional and original Christmas songs. A perfect holiday video for the entire family that can be enjoyed year after year. I Love Christmas
A joyous Christmas celebration includes the little train that saved Christmas, handcars operated by Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Mickey Mouse, Popeye and Olive Oil, colorful diesels, steamers puffing smoke, plus the original Christmas music of Jim Coffey, a wonderful recitation of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and an uproarious version of Jingle Bells. A cheerful, holiday romp guaranteed to delight the entire family. (35 minutes)
Total Running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes