I am a little different

Trent Nunnelee Nov 5, 2019

  1. Trent Nunnelee

    Trent Nunnelee TrainBoard Member

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    I have the most respect for everyone on here which is why I have joined. All my life I have been fascinated with trains (probably more with models than the real thing!) I have always had a train under my Christmas tree. I have always dreamed of a model train IN my tree. One day I saw the Henning tree on the internet and I became inspired. Over a year ago I started building a Christmas Tree Train. The reason I say I am different is simply because I am not picky how my train looks, but I am about how it performs. I am hoping some of you can give me advice. Is anyone interested? I don't want to insult anyone because I am not going for a realistic looking layout.

    This was my inspiration: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/trains-in-the-tree-the-plans-by-bill-henning
     
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  2. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    Wow.

    I made a 30" circle of HO which I used to mount in a real tree years ago. That was home to alternately a Brill trolley or a cable car.

    It was nothing like this!

    Don't expect to haul a long train up that steep helix...
     
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  3. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    welcome to trainboard.com, we all have our own tastes, and have fun with the tree layout!
     
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  4. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Looks interesting, enjoy the project, and be sure and post the final version when it is finished. And welcome to TrainBoard!
     
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  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!

    This us a do what makes you happy hobby. Hoping you will reach a result which brings much joy. Keep us updated. :)
     
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  6. Mo-Pac

    Mo-Pac TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to trainboard! Years ago I had Bachmann N scale Trim A Train circle track that was meant to be put in the Christmas tree. Though I bought it used the wooden dowl rods were either broken or missing. Went to the local craft shop and purchased some. Yes I was able to run a Christmas N scale train in the tree. I didn't know there were O scale ones too! ::)
     
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  7. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Trent, welcome. That's the beauty of a hobby, it's something you do to please yourself. So ask away, we'll give you all the help you can handle. :cool:
     
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    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!
     
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  9. Grunt

    Grunt New Member

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    Welcome aboard!
     
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  10. fitz

    fitz Staff Member

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    Trent, Welcome aboard and you have a great idea. Trains belong with Christmas trees, wether around them or in them.
     
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  11. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    Step one: Figure out where you're going to store a nine foot diameter tree eleven months a year.
     
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  12. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Or have a Happy House and keep it up all year long :)
     
  13. gmorider

    gmorider New Member

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    Yes, welcome. It is truly about what motivates you personally. I am a little different also. Not to blow my own train horn, but I model in 1/384, Omega scale. Been serious with it since 2015. Happy Railroading, gmorider
     
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  15. Trent Nunnelee

    Trent Nunnelee TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks everyone, so do I just discuss everything here or should I go start a thread in the N-scale with a title something like "Train IN the tree" I think this going to work, I am heavily invested in it. Anything you build needs a strong backbone and I had a dream that the backbone is the trunk of the tree. I decided to make that my Helix and build off of it. I plan on posting some pics, BUT do I do that here or start a dedicated thread?
     
  16. Trent Nunnelee

    Trent Nunnelee TrainBoard Member

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    Ironically that was one of the first things I considered, that and how to disassemble it and yet keep it sturdy and where to store it. I had read where Bill Henning built his and then had issues fitting it through normal doorways! The good news is if it fails, I won't have to worry about that, it will turn into firewood, lol. Don't fret, I will try long and hard before that happens!
     
  17. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    Are you going N? Then you won't have that problem. You could even hide your structure almost completely in an artificial tree.

    Yeah, I'd suggest you start a thread for it.
     
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