Christmas model train – Dale’s

Dale’s been in touch with his Christmas model train:

“Most of my trains are from Pennsylvania, Reading and Lehigh Valley. This past year I had six main lines and one bumper car line.

I’ve been putting up layouts since I was six years old. I change it every year but always have the winter scenes.


Christmas model train

Christmas model train

Christmas model train

Christmas model train

Now on to Boyd:

“Hello Al,

I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and all the best for the new year.

Also, a Merry Christmas to all the folks out there that contribute to and enjoy your daily posts.

As mentioned in my last note, I do not get much work done on the layout over the Summer months, and the Honey Do, Daddy Do and Grampie Do lists have kept me busy all fall.

Most of the projects on those lists are now complete, so I hope to get moving again on the next big section, which will include my first attempt at a water feature.

I did manage to get a couple more scenes to the point where they are good enough for now, I’ll circle back for more detailing at some point.

This is the section that leads into the quarry area, it sits above the tunnel exit shown in the next couple photos. I had originally placed some deciduous trees here, but decided it made more sense to continue the evergreens down the mountain, so out with the old and in with the new.

model railroad layout tunnel

Some scenery details added to the tunnel exit area.

model train diesel locomotive tunnel

model train tree curve scene

Thanks again for all you do to support the hobby, and hopefully I will have something to submit by Spring.


I can’t wait to see Boyd’s next update his layout is one of my faves – have a look and you’ll see why, his lasp post is here:

Model train hobby.

HO scale logging camp.

Now on to Rob, who has sent in his annual Christmas video.

What I liked about most about it, is he included the pics from his London trip.

And it’s that trip that gave him the inspiration for this stunning addition to his layout:

London underground model trains.

london underground model trains

A big thanks to Rob, Boyd and to Dale for sharing his Christmas model train.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

11 Responses to Christmas model train – Dale’s

  1. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice. nice bridge.

  2. Don says:

    outstanding, Merry Christmas everyone worldwide.

  3. Rich B. says:

    Great jobs each at opposite ends of the spectrum. Cannot say the 3-rail isn’t realistic. Looks exactly as what it should be, can you imagine this showing up 70 years ago?

    Now next layout is work of art again. Is it live or Memorex> old TV magnetic type tape commercial.

  4. Robert Brady says:

    Boyd’s Canadian National is so realistic i was looking for some animals in the woods.
    The 3 rail at the beginning was very quaint all though I’m not a fan of 3 rail.
    Merry Christmas to everyone and to all a good day
    The Critic

  5. Larry Arendas says:

    Thanks, Al, for all you do throughout the year to keep our fond memories of model trains alive, especially at Christmas. Merry and blessed Christmas to you and all your family. May your new year be filled with answers to prayers, good health, and family togetherness! From Pastor Larry Arendas, Concord, North Carolina, USA

  6. George Zaky says:

    Love your room & your layout.
    So realistic! I can smell the pines.
    You are one of the DaVinci masters I harp on about. Everything you present is top draw and so appreciated.
    Big Al
    What Paster Larry said.
    To all who take the time & effort to share and care about what is our common and happy hobby I wish you all the best for this season & more. Giving is a grand thing and to all that Gave- Thanks and be MERRY.

  7. Tony, Kitty Hawk NC says:

    Dale- perfect Christmas layout! Boyd- excellent scenery details! Rob- love the underground!
    Merry Christmas to all- and especially to our mentor Alastair- thanks Al for all you do!
    And happy modelling to everyone in the new year!

  8. Steve Ruple says:

    WOW !!!!!!!! All of the layouts are so awesome. Thank you to Dale, Boyd and Rob. Both the layouts are awesome and Rob’s video was so wonderful, it made me fell at home. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE ON THIS SITE ESPECIALLY TO ALASTAIR LEE AND JOHN, THE WONDERFUL DESIGNER OF PLANS AND ALASTAIR FOR THE HARD WORK HE HAS PUT INTO THIS SITE. GOD BLESS ALL !!!!!!!!!!

  9. Lawrence Scheuber says:

    Great job !!!!

  10. Jerry Treich says:

    A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I thoroughly enjoyed Dale’s, Boyd’s and Rob’s contributions for this post!

  11. Frank from HB says:

    Great layout, reminds me of all the Christmas’s growing up ans setting up my trains around Christmas. The layouts were not that lavish, but gave me a chance to run my trains once a year.

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