Christmas & Electric Trains


In this Issue

Toy train memories – 1

Getting that first train set at Christmas

Gifts from the Buckeye State


Photos from Gordon Hough showcase an amazing layout

American Flyer reigned in an iconic magazine cover

The New Yorker led readers to an imaginary department store

Santa & toys riding Yuletide rails to home

Old magazines show railroads making Christmas happen

Animated Christmas displays created magic – 1

Photos revive memories of a lost era

Toy train memories – 2

First train, Santa Claus & family

Return of the Red Rocket Express

Legendary Lionel Christmas train reappears!

Lasting family traditions

Two generations built this 8 x 10-foot layout under their Christmas tree

Wish books introduced unusual trains

Unique sets from Lionel and Gilbert shown nowhere else

Let’s visit the Lionel showroom for Christmas

Winter arrived there right after Thanksgiving

Marx – A four-letter synonym for Christmas

The electric and mechanical trains Santa always delivered

A permanent Christmas Wonderland

Thomas Brown’s family insisted he leave his layout in place

Toy train memories – 3

Holidays meant trains and fathers

Tracks around the Christmas tree

Four cool plans for the perfect holiday display

A master’s advice on preparing trains for Christmas

John Grams or his buddy, Ray L. Plummer, will make the day right

Animated Christmas displays created magic – 2

Photos revive memories of a lost era

Sharing the joys of toy trains at Christmas