Setting up my Christmas tree train

Christmas train setI’ve finally gotten around to setting up my Christmas tree and am now starting on the Hornby train to go under it.

I possibly went a bit overboard this year, with a 7ft tree but after a year like 2020 I think a little happiness is warranted.

With the tree set up, it was then time for the train set. As a foundation I used the Hornby Christmas train set described previously but also added a few other wagons and rolling stock to go with it.

The basic circle around the base took longer than expected – crawling around under the tree and avoiding the lighting wiring was hardware wasn’t fun. As a recommendation, I’d suggest, creating the oval and placing the tree into it rather than the other way as I did.

I’m still laying the track for the sidings but the main oval is working and the little train trundling around the tree looks just perfect.

What do you think?


Founder of ModelRailwayEngineer, Andy Leaning

Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
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