So my wife has wanted to display her Christmas village stuff in a neat little scene for many many years instead of just sticking them randomly on a shelf. I finally got on board and we made this display this year.
This gave birth to an entirely new theme for my On30 layout which I can say is just about to start breaking ground. I scrapped any idea of a realistic looking operations layout. I am going full on Christmas year round whimsical layout. First I have an endless supply of buildings and “stuff” to populate the layout with. Second, to add to it is cheap after the holidays at thrift stores and garage sales, and third solves my wife’s storage issues. When she wants her display (if she does) then the building and stuff will be removable from the layout and can be taken to her display and then replaced. The more I think on it the more I am liking the idea. I always do serious and try and do at least close to realistic as i can. So a little whimsy in my life will be fun.
But the point of this post is I need ideas. I can not completely abandon my entire vision. I still have a few wants. A turn table and small round house are high on my list. I also would like some industries and switching. To my knowledge none of the Christmas village manufactures spent a lot of time making industries and such. Modifing the existing structures is out because they are not modifiable. So I have a couple thoughts one is to modify model train structures and paint them up and decorate them to look like the Christmas village stuff or to see if a ceramics place has the raw village buildings that I can modify, combine, etc before they are fired.
Any thoughts. We are a long way from this being a reality but I am day dreaming and scheming.