Ken Designs a Unique Christmas Train Tree Layout with Lionel, LGB, Thomas the Tank & Department 56.
This year an elf named Ken Kelly designed this unbelievable, unique multilayer Christmas train tree and village display in his workshop at Kitchen Designs. He also informed me he has been collecting a holiday box car each year since 1987, the year we met. The man is full of surprises (very romantic too). The first layer features the large G-scale LGB Circus Train and Playmobil’s Circus Tent. The second layer is a Lionel Big Boy engine pulling Lionel’s Christmas box cars from 1987 (the year Ken and I met) through 1999.
On the inner loop is a Thomas the Tank engine with Annie and Clarabel train cars. On the third layer, we have Lionel Christmas box cars from the years 2000 through 2016. Santa will be delivering the 2017 holiday box car soon. There are two inner loops on this layer as well. One features a clown speeder car and one features the Santa and Snowman handcar. On the fourth level is Ken’s original 1957 Lionel train set given to him by his grandfather.
The fifth tier houses Lionel’s pink girl’s train set. The sixth tier is a Lionel Steel coal train set (just in case someone’s naughty). The seventh tier is Lionel’s version of Thomas the Tank from the giant circus collection. At the very top is the eighth tier, which has an HO Christmas engine and features Department 56 Santa’s North Pole.
The entire tree is constructed of plywood circles supported by PVC pipe. The inner pipe is a conduit for all the electric for both the trains and the houses. It took 7 different transformers to run all the different trains. The village details are quite personalized. We have models of the very first cars we owned, the hotel we stayed at on our honeymoon, and gifts we received through the years.