Christmas Village Shopping hints to select the right Christmas Train for your Christmas Village
Trains have been a part of Christmas for well over a century, and many of us have woken up Christmas morning to the Christmas Train circling the Christmas tree.
A Christmas train is a perfect addition to your Village. Filled with fine detail, lighted headlights, some with billowing smoke and the sound of trains whistles and bells. Christmas Trains fit right into your Victorian, Seaside, bustling city, small town or rural village setting. Where doesn't a train take people and freight?
Christmas Trains come in different sizes, with turn of the century steam engines, diesel engines or electric. There are also electric Street Cars that can circle your village or go back and forth on the main street.
We offer complete Christmas train sets, made of durable quality materials from leading manufacturers. They are powered from your home wall outlet. We believe these quality train sets will last much longer than battery operated trains made with plastic parts, that they will continue to bring joy to your family and friends for years at one of the greatest times of the year.
The Right Size for Your Village
Don’t be confused with Scales and Gauges. The chart above shows common model train Scales and Gauges. HO scale is the most common size in the model train industry. There are more train models and accessories offered by the manufacturers in HO scale. N then O scales follow in popularity.
Think of the Scale as the “Size” of the train in height and width. The larger the train the more detail can be built into it. O and G scale trains often have more features, such as smoke and sound, and they are easier to set on the train tracks and stay on the tracks.
Think of the gauge as the amount of space the track layout will require. The smaller the axle width the less space required for the train to turn around. Note that the width between the train wheels (axle width) of HO is half that of O scale. An HO scale train layout will take almost half the space as an O scale train layout. This may be an important factor in deciding which train is correct for your village.
Other factors that may affect your decision are hand dexterity and eyesight. The smaller trains are more difficult to set on the track, are lighter and more apt to be forced off the track with a table jostle by young children.
On30 and S are often the best solution for your Christmas Village displays! On30 uses HO gauge track combined with a larger scale/size train. The combination results in a larger train with more detail than HO trains that also minimizes the amount of space required for your layout. Hand - eye issues are minimized with the larger size.
More important- the size of your On30 or S train is closest to the size of your village houses. HO scale trains are slightly smaller in size than your houses but close enough to be very practical. O scale trains are slightly larger in size than your village houses but closest to the size of your figurines.
Christmas Train Tips to consider;
Please note that G Large scale trains are often too large for your village. We offer these G Christmas trains that be can be set up to circle the base of your Christmas tree. These come as both electric and battery operated trains.