Christmas 2007 – Going all the way back to something close to my standard gauge beginnings, I bought a Hartland 1:24 scale, G Gauge 0-4-0 and made an automated Christmas display for the front porch. A motion detector originally on the upper gold box started the train running when someone approached. Clever wiring made sure the train always stopped in the “tunnel”. Initial development stages and finished product are shown below:

Above – The motion detector that started the train was originally in the ‘controls’ box that sat on top of the ‘tunnel’ boxes. The light turned on at the same time to show that the track had power.

Above – A clue to the reason for the final demise of the ‘Santa Train’ is hinted at in the first year picture above. The kneeling position on concrete and the fact that I am almost sitting on the engine was difficult enough but the eventual addition of scenery in the entire middle section made set up almost impossible for an old guy. I did persevere for six years because so many people enjoyed the train so much.

Above – FRED says Merry Christmas!!


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