Christmas Dinner Table Train Service

Our budget Polar Express made a Christmas appearance on the Christmas lunch table, quickly assembled with whatever there was to hand …

Trains don’t usually run on Christmas Day but this special one did.

The centrepiece of our Christmas table and family lunch today.


Delivering the Tiny Christmas Tree, the wobbly jelly and the iced Christmas cake ….

Past the large Colman’s Mint Sauce advertising hoarding, HG Wells style …

A few passengers and staff wait on platforms, along with barrels and wine.

Past the Polar Bear and the Snowman and the Frozen Reindeer …

Past the forest of lovely wooden fir trees …

Past the old wooden horse bus or waggon

Then back in the box after Christmas!


The track and rolling stock is a mixture of my instant battery Train in a Tin and the larger set from Fred Aldous, seen here in my 2017 post:

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Blog post by Mark Man Of TIN, 25 December 2022


Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

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