Toy Trains & Christmas Part 1
Toy trains have been synonymous with Christmas ever since a crudely built toy locomotive was placed under some lucky kid's Christmas tree in the mid-1800s. (55 minutes.)
And that's what this video is about - Christmas and toy trains. You will see elaborate Christmas layouts featuring Lionel, American Flyer, Ives and Marx toy trains. You will visit the Christmas layout at the Henry Ford Museum, tour displays featuring Department 56 buildings, the Christmas layout at the Hancock Building in Chicago and the $36,000 layout featured on the cover of Hammachers Schlemmer's Christmas catalog.
There's also a fun Christmas layout starring Santa, Mickey and Pinocchio handcars plus the Mickey Mouse Circus Train. We also visit the Christmas layout at the Lionel Visitors Center and los of other Christmas layouts, both big and small. Rail action includes trains and accessories from every era and almost every manufacturer.
Mixed throughout is happy Christmas music, some original, some traditional and some old favorites with new lyrics.
This is truly a marvelous video for anyone who loves toy trains and Christmas.
Toy Trains & Christmas Part 2
Angela Thomas, the Georgia O'Keefe of toy trains, has created a marvelous Christmas layout as part of her 50s style hobby shop/train room. Highlights include Lionel trains and accessories, Dept. 56 Snow Village vignettes, and life-size mural painted by Angela. Angela talks about her paintings and layout - both of which capture perfectly the joys of toy trains and Christmas. Oh, by the way, Angela's husband Bob helped too.
Terry Dyer's S-gauge Christmas layout combines American Flyer trains and accessories with Dept. 56 and Plasticville buildings. Great winter scenery, a scratch-built roundhouse and lots of AF postwar legends dashing through the snow.
Also included is more original Christmas music by Jim Coffey, the star of the first Toy Trains & Christmas. Jim's music is combined with Lionel trains operating on gorgeous Christmas layouts.
"A visual and audio delight. The ultimate toy train video. Just watching it got me all fired up for the holidays." Karl Burkhardt, TCA Quarterly
Toy Trains & Christmas, Part 3
A delightful mix of toy trains, Dept. 56 villages and cheery Christmas music. See toy train classics like the Mayflower, Blue Comet, Santa Fe, and Hiawatha dashing through the snow. Other highlights include a huge outdoor display featuring Lionel trains and Bill Kern's fabulous Dept. 56 collection.
Award-winning singer Jim Coffey sings both traditional and original Christmas songs. A perfect holiday video for the entire family that can be enjoyed year after year.
"What a great idea! Toy trains, snow-covered villages and merry Christmas music. I give it my highest rating." Sally Bell, Family Journal
"You don't have to be a train buff to enjoy this video. Highly recommended for charming and cheerful holiday entertainment." Family Coalition
I Love Christmas
A joyous Christmas celebration includes the little train that saved Christmas, handcars operated by Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Mickey Mouse, Popeye and Olive Oil, colorful diesels, steamers puffing smoke, plus the original Christmas music of Jim Coffey, a wonderful recitation of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and an uproarious version of Jingle Bells. A cheerful, holiday romp guaranteed to delight the entire family. (35 minutes)
Total Running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes