Category Archives: Christmas Train Mondays

Lionel HO scale Alco FA in American Freedom Trains colors…



…bringing my “Christmas Train Mondays” to a close for this holiday season.

It’s a Frankenstein creation, using a shell from one friend, a mechanism from another and repaired with the technical help from a third. The paint has some minor dings, many were removed by carefully scraping the blemish with an Xacto knife until the white paint came through.

A fine runner, it will pull my “Spirit of ’76” themed train for many years to come…

Photobucket

I do have two of the five original Lionel Freedom train cars, but they don’t take too kindly to 14″ radius curves…

Christmas trains in history…


I grew up with Christmas gardens, my beloved had never heard of such a thing ’til our first Christmas as husband and wife, 1991…

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

This one was built onto a Life-Like expandable styrofoam over and under layout we had purchased at an auction for $5, the trolley was a AHM product, the cars by Tootsie Toy and Hot Wheels and the buildings we did from shirt cardboard and acrylic paints.

Seems like a thousand years ago…

Athearn HO scale North Pole Express 40′ boxcar…


Picked up at last weekend’s swap meet…the graphics are up to Athearn’s usual standard of excellence and unusual for a car of this type. I’ll be putting a Kadee at one end and a horn-hook at the other so that it can be used as a transition car…most of my better running locomotives having already been converted to knuckle type couplers long ago.

Photobucket