Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I'll be on a train most of the day Wednesday - heading home from Virginia to Massachusetts. It's been a good visit and we got a lot done on getting things settled at my sister and brother-in-law's new place. Their new home is wonderful and it came with a not-so little something extra - a train set that takes up half the bonus room (or FROG - Finished Room Over Garage).
There are five different trains that circle this incredible layout. You can crawl under and stand in the open middle section to adjust the trains.
There are lots of tiny scenes with streetlights and other lights in buildings to make it all look more realistic.
There are so many tracks - it is very complicated to figure out how to run everything and avoid crashes!
I can't imagine how many hours the former owners spent working on this project. The backdrop of mountains along the wall was painted by the wife and her husband did the electrical work and model building. I think it was the little train set that grew...
The mirror along the end wall reflects the scene making it look even larger.
When you are done operating the trains it's just a short flight of stairs to get back down to join the rest of the family. My niece's children enjoy watching the trains run - and so do the adults!
When I was young, our Dad ran a train set with larger cars. He usually got it out around the holidays. The tracks were on a sheet of plywood that we never got around to decorating.
Do you have a train set or memories of a train set from your childhood? They can be pretty fascinating!
It will be nice to get home and catch up with some crafty projects - we've been doing bigger projects here - painting and rearranging furniture. The new craftroom is starting to take shape but there are still lots of boxes to unpack!
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