While it is nice to have the multiple train track loops weave in and out with each other, we also prefer to have sufficient straight runs to allow the use of various types of bridges. These both simplify supporting the upper track levels ( this year we used a 5 ft truss bridge we had not used in seven years) and, when used near the tree, can help with keeping low-lying branches from interfering with train operation.
The elves involved in creating the towns and scenes that bring the layout to life favor using inexpensive ceramic buildings available under a variety of manufacturer’s names for rapid construction; we use these as well as a number of tinplate accessories. At right we show some scenes from this year’s Xmas layout...
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