My train set

As a child, I always wanted a train set. Not one of those huge things that needed a room all to itself or tracks that ran parallel to the ceiling because there was nowhere else to put it, but a modest set with a couple of carriages. It didn’t even have to be electric. The reason I probably never got one was because I didn’t ask Santa or actually tell anyone.

My supervisor at the bank knew of this childhood wish and  bought me a Thomas The Tank Engine train on a track that folded up into a little case one Christmas. It was great and everyone in the office was playing with it as well as me. I have no idea what happened to it though, but hope it ended up in the hands of someone who had as much fun with it as I did for a few years.

When we were house hunting in 2007, we came close to buying a train set with a bungalow attached. Yes, you did read that right.
The train set in question was set up in a large static caravan in the garden, and was complete with stations, crossings, signal boxes, buildings, open field scenery, the works. It was a work of art and I would have loved it. The only problem was the property.
We stepped out of the back door and sank up to our ankles in water logged grass. The rooms were badly in need of decorating, but you look beyond that, however, when the skylight in the roof was not actually a window and we realised it would need a complete strip and retile, we walked away. We often pass the bungalow having returned to Lincolnshire in 2017 and it does indeed sport a very nice new roof. The caravan is still there so I wonder if the train set is too.

For Christmas 2019, Hubby bought me, amongst other lovely things, a train set.
I’d had my mastectomy a couple of months before so still felt extremely tired, but I was really excited and couldn’t wait to put it all together!

Last year, we had it set up under the Christmas tree as the table was exactly the right width for the track.
We’ve done the same thing this year and I took this picture this afternoon.
You can just see it behind the tree. Wonderful.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to My train set

  1. Paula Light says:

    That’s a great way to display the tree and the train!

  2. murisopsis says:

    So nice that you got the perfect gift – right when you needed it most!

  3. Hammad Rais says:

    I had a smaller one when I was a kid but it was kept in the locker because my Uncle brought it from abroad and my mother thought that I would ruin it, so I never got the chance to set up the tracks and let the engine run.

  4. Love your tree and set up. My dad had a model railroad and a larger gauge one that he would run around the Christmas tree. As a matter of fact, the state Christmas tree of Wisconsin always has a large train that runs around its base. Children are fascinated with it.

  5. I’ve always loved train set too. When I stopped doing Christmas trees as the grandkids got older I gave away the train set. I hoped it would continue to delight another family.

  6. TanGental says:

    My brother and I had one we added to each Christmas. The track was laid in the dining troop after Christmas lunch and stayed in place until the decorations came down. I still have it in dusty boxes in the loft…

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