What size is the train under your tree?

One of the fun things about the holiday season is the chance to have friends and family visit. In our family we enjoy a nice meal and fellowship followed by games being played. Decorating the house has always been a fun thing to do but decorating the Christmas Tree has been one of my favorite traditions. Many years ago, when I was growing up, my dad had a Lionel trainset that would run around the tree. I loved to watch it go around and around. At my grandparents house it was an HO set. In more recent years, my dad has had a G scale train that had lights, sounds, animation… all the “bells and whistles”, and now, a Lionel version of the Polar Express! That is certainly understandable as it is now one of his all time favorite Christmas movies.

Now that I have started a family of my own, it is time for me to setup the tree in my own home and provide the train to go under it. This year, my daughter will be almost two during the holiday and I’m deciding on which train I should go with. I know I can’t go wrong with a classic Lionel set. Larger sizes lend themselves to being more easily manipulated by small hands and can have fewer parts to break (depending on which set you go with). 

What size train do you go have under your Christmas tree? 

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Jeremy Smith

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  1. Bill Strawsburg on January 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Haven’t had one for 30 years. This year is the first for a PIKO G scale 3 car set.

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