These pics were snapped yesterday just before we put our Christmas tree up. It's been a tradition to put it around our tree for several years now. My father got this train as a Christmas gift when he was a young boy, and gave it to me shortly after I was married in the early 80's. It's pre-WWII era Lionel O-gauge...likely 1939 or 1940 but I'm not exactly sure. It's incredibly well made and very heavy compared to other O-gauge trains we have, which are also fairly old. It's the only locomotive in our fleet of 4 that's heavy and strong enough to pull all 17 cars that we can string together. I always liked the train as a kid, and thought it made for a pretty neat Christmas tradition as an adult. It became even more special after Dad passed away in 2000...he seemed so pleased to pass it on to "his oldest son".
If any of you have ever given thought to getting into the Christmas train tradition, I strongly urge you do it. We fill the gondola cars with candy, and the flat cars with candy canes. We have a "Choo-choo Charlie" engineer's cap and a little village set that the kids like to play with. It's been a major kiddie magnet since they were little, and I'll know they'll treasure the memories when they're older too.
Feel free post your trains here too! I'd love to see them.