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Note: This article was originally written in December, 2006, for the Family Garden Trains™ web site and its satellite web site, Big Christmas Trains™.
When I was growing up in the American midwest in the fifties and sixties, the train around the tree seemed every bit as important to our Christmas celebration as, say, Santa or Christmas stockings. For over a century, to most Americans, "real trains" exemplified the kinds of "comings and goings," "hustle and bustle," and even package shipments, that increased dramatically during the holiday season. Let's face it, more people and stuff move at Christmas than any other time of year, and for over a century, more people and stuff moved by trains than any other way. In addition, as the importance of toy and model trains in American culture grew, so did the sense that Christmas was an ideal time both to give and to display those trains. In fact, the most impressive line of "push toy" trains was meant to be used during warm weather.
In 1901, Lionel showed New York City families that it was possible to fit an electric motor into a toy locomotive and power it by low-voltage electric current. Of course, once the mysterious huge box was opened, it was only logical to route the train around the now-naked-looking Christmas tree.** So between Christmas and the day the tree came down, the train would run almost constantly, with almost everyone in the family taking a turn at operating it.
Between 1910 and 1960, it became common in some middle-class homes to build elaborate temporary railroads between Thanksgiving and Christmas. In other parts of the East, the seasonal household railroads and their associated "communities" were called "putzes," from the German word for "put," "set up," or "putter." Starting about 1928, putzes all over the country included a new Japanese import - pasteboard houses with celophane windows and a hole in the back for "C6" Christmas lights. All of these Christmas railroads and villages were important precursors of the Holiday Villages that were made popular by Dept.
After a while, it wasn't enough to have a single huge train running around the Christmas tree once a year. Even at half the size of the Standard Gauge trains, O-scale trains were too large to fit into most homes without some compromises. Other forms of so-called "family" entertainment also began taking huge chunks out of people's schedules, the biggest single example being television.
Yet several things were already happening, on two different continents, that would bring Christmas trains back from near-extinction.
Really Big Trains Reappear - In 1968, a European toy company introduced a new kind of electric train - one made to be used outside.
Ceramic Christmas Villages Arrive - In 1976, an American company called Department 56 began making collectible ceramic houses and accessories the right size to fit a "Christmas Village" on a table or spinet. For over a decade, most Christmas Villages got along quite well without a train at all or maybe with an old-fashioned Lionel or American Flyer train.
Bachmann's On30 trains are only slightly smaller than most of Lionel's O-gauge trains, but they run on track made for HO trains, which means they can be easier to fit in some places.


Popular Children's Books and Movies Feature Trains - Trains also reappeared in books and movies that were intended for children but also enjoyed by adults. Large Scale public garden railroads began attracting millions of people a year to places like the New York Botanical Garden, the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburg, the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and many more.
This gave a boost, not only to the Garden Railroading hobby, but also to model railroading in general, and especially to Christmas trains, since many of the public displays have holiday themes.
In other words, whether it's around the tree, around a miniature town, or around a public display railroad, the Christmas train looks like it's back to stay. When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, we enjoyed our model trains in part because they were powerful models of incredibly powerful behemoths that could still be seen operating once in a while.
As odd as it seems, those of us who grew up with big trains around the tree are affected just as much by the scent of a Lionel or American Flyer transformer that has been left on a little too long, the repetitive thunks and clicks of an endlessly circling train, and the erratic beam that our train's headlight casts around the room when all the room lights are off and only the train and the tree are powered. Please contact us if you have anything to add, especially if you have photographs of old putzes, train gardens, etc. Don't Try This at Home (Anymore) - Dangerous decorations people used to use, includes early electric lighting, lead foil "icicles," "bubble-lites," and more. Combining Trains and Towns - What modern-day model trains work with best with collectible villages and related accessories? If you've been reading our pages, you know that we have big things planned, and a lot on our plate, so keep checking back. If you got here from one of our trains sites, you can either use the back button or click on one of the small boxes near the bottom of this page to get back to the train site.
Visit any of the links below to see quality collectible Christmas gifts and decorations that have been popular with our readers. If you got here from one of our trains sites, you can either use the back button or click on one of the boxes below to get back where you belong. Its long gone, but the Great Western Railway originally operated with an enormous 7 foot gauge out of its London Paddington terminus. Essentially, the entire Spanish rail network is on a non-standard gauge, using both metric and Iberian gauge (1.665m) Only high speed rail is built to UIC. Brisbane (and Queensland) uses narrow gauge and Melbourne (plus a lot of Victoria) uses 1600mm broad guage, with sections of standard and dual guage that are part of the national rail network. There's a difference in gauge between states because the railways were first built when the states were separate colonies.
Buddy L* trains were very large stamped-metal push-toy trains for which you could buy track. Most of them were about the size of today's garden trains, although you couldn't use them outside, of course - they were tin-plated steel that would eventually rust under the driest conditions.


56 many years later, as well as the display railroads operating in many botanical gardens as I write this article. Department 56 pieces average around O scale, the scale that suits most of the Lionel trains made after WWI. When a British children's book series was cleverly animated using sets that looked for all the world like a large model railroad, Thomas the Tank captured the hearts of young and old alike. Bachmann, Lionel, AristoCraft, and LGB all added trains in Christmas colors to their lineup.
Still, there may be one other reason, we are welcoming Christmas trains back into our homes. You can have your "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Give me the cheery thunder and repetitive motion of a big Christmas train with a circle of track sitting right on a hardwood floor. If big Christmas trains are part of the memories you are forming for the next generation, then our hearts are with you in that as well. About 2004, another company entirely manufactured some electric trains under the Buddy L brand name. But of course they weren't possible further north where fire engines left outside were likely to get snowed under or iced up before Christmas.
There's been proposals for the past 100 years aimed at standardising the gauge - and this took until the 70s before major cities were linked, and there's not much point in converting all railways to the one gauge today. The nostalgic value of some of the products, coupled with the appeal of creating one's own little community was powerful.
Those cast-metal and plastic trains bore no resemblance to the stamped tinplate Buddy L products, and the company disappeared almost as soon as the trains got into the warehouses. So the generation who grew up with "just" HO stopped bothering to set up temporary living-room railroads at Christmas. So there were more trains around the Christmas tree, but these trains were too use with putzes or train gardens in most homes. 56 contracted with Bachmann to make trains that would look good with the Department 56 buildings.
Still, there seemed to be no particular sense that it was more suitable to give a toy train for Christmas, than, say, for a birthday.
Still, between 1901 and 1950, a name-brand electric train was a major purchase that needed to be budgeted.




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Comments to “Standard gauge trains for sale”

  1. Lenuska:
    Completed his model railroad, and you sadly them with.
  2. anonimka:
    Central at 09.45 hrs instead of ten.00 size of G scale model.
  3. BILECERLI:
    The simpler model the 1940s era the Parkway, constructed of wooden beams.
  4. GAMER:
    The Tank Engine film is set throughout WW2.