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Update, 2017 - Bradford Exchange, who distributes the Hawthorne Village products shown on this page has recently been forced by the attorney generals of several states (including Ohio where I live) to stop letting folks in Ohio and other states recommend Hawthorne Village products we like. Apparently it's a sales tax thing. At the same time, most of the Hawthorne Village trains and towns we used to recommend have gone out of production, so winnowing things down haven't been as hard as we thought it might be. In fact, we are down to one, count them, one Kinkade-themed Hawthorne Village train and two villages on this page, where there used to be three trains and several villages.

It will take us a while to get things on these pages reconfigured to reflect the new requirements, but in the meantime, please consider the rest of this page an archive of past recommendations, for informational purposes only.

Also, please keep in mind that none of the trains or towns on this page will be available indefinitely. Readers often think I'm making that up, until they wait a month too long to get started on a collection then start barraging me with e-mails demanding that I come up with a train that has been discontinued. I don't have a "secret stash" of these somewhere, or know of anyone who does except for the eBay sellers who have been collecting them all along waiting for them to be discontinued and would-be customers to become desperate. As I often say, you are thinking about any Hawthorne Village train or town for your home or as a gift, do not wait too long.

We now return you to a discussion of the train featured on this page - Hawthorne Village's most popular train ever.

The art of the late Thomas Kinkade has been in demand since it was first available to the public. Kinkade was said to "follow the grand tradition of 19th century American Luminist painting." By using countless layers of underpainting and overglazing, he created evocative works that captured the fascinating effects of light and the fleeting moods of nature. His paintings and limited edition prints are remarkable for their beauty and value. When Kinkade began painting and designing for the collectible market, a new era began. As early as 1991, Kinkade's first limited-edition collector's plate won the coveted Best Plate of Show at the International Collectibles Exposition. Today, Kinkade's collectible village sculptures and accessories show in three dimensions This detail of a coach from the original Thomas Kinkade Christmas Express shows the fine artwork and exquisite printing applied to each product in this series. Click for a bigger photowhat his paintings have always shown in two - a remarkable range of charm and detail graced by soft, natural-looking light.

Since this train was introduced, Hawthorne Village has introduced two other Thomas Kinkade-themed train collections that have both sold out. Even though the original Christmas Express trains were ordered in larger numbers, this set is a limited edition. Hawthorne Express will not take orders for this item indefinitely, and when becomes unavailable, we can't get it for you (we know because we've tried on other popular sets that sold out.)

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The Hawthorne Village(r) Thomas Kinkade trains are the most charming collectible trains ever designed. Each features artwork from reknowned artist Thomas Kinkade and is supported by a wide range of accessories.

The train featured on this page is a subscription train. That means that you buy it in installments, like a magazine. Like many other Hawthorne Village(r) Trains, this train is in O scale, which means that it is 1:48 the size of the "real thing," about the same scale as most of the better Lionel trains. But it runs on HO gauge track, making your railroad easier to set up and to fit into a fairly small place. This train is also built using parts from the Bachmann On30 trains, so parts and service will always be available. In addition, track and accessories that are made to go with the Bachmann On30 trains will work with these as well.

This page includes accessories that a Thomas Kinkade or Hawthorne Village(r) collector might be interested in purchasing to add interest to this set. For example, the Thomas Kinkade Christmas Village and accessories are perfectly scaled to look right with this train and to give it a community to serve.

To learn more about any of these products, or to purchase any of these products or subscriptions, please click on the "Buy" button. You are not obligated to purchase until you make your selection on the next screen.

Click to sign up for the 'Trains-N-Towns?' newsletter, with articles about display villages, indoor railroading, and much moreNote: Deadlines approaching! Because these are subscription trains, each piece is actually considered a separate purchase. (The price advertised on the Hawthorne Village web site is the cost of each collectible piece.) In the first shipment, you receive the locomotive, which is an exceptional value. Then about a month later, or when the next piece is available (whichever comes first), your order for the next piece is automatically processed. That means that you can still get the locomotive before Christmas if you order early enough, so you'll have something to wrap up and put under the tree. The locomotive is also a great value, so the recipient won't be disappointed, even when he or she learns that the rest of the train is still to come. On the other hand, there is a good possibility that some of these trains will sell out between now and Christmas. If there's one you really want, don't assume that it's "safe" to wait until later - I have not heard from one reader who was disappointed with his or her train, but I have heard from many readers who were disappointed because they put off ordering a subscription until it was too late. These are delightful trains and a great value, so order your favorite soon if you don't want to miss out! For details about how a subscription train works, please click here.

The first four issues of this collection include the locomotive, tender, three cars, deluxe power supply, and many pieces of track. Click for a bigger picture.
Thomas Kinkade Christmas Express HO Scale Train Subscription Plan. Click for bigger picture
Thomas Kinkade(r) Christmas Express Train Subscription Plan

This was the first lighted electric train to feature Thomas Kinkade's artwork. It has been such a popular item that two more Thomas Kinkade Trains have been offered, and both have sold out. On the other hand, Bradford Exchange has stopped ordering trains from the people who manufactured this one (Bachmann Trains), so this may be your last opportunity to get a Hawthorne Village Christmas train of this quality.

This train includes lighted coaches, and a carefully detailed locomotive that is a reliable, exacting model The Hawthorne Village(r) Thomas Kinkade(r) coaches are not only fine collectibles but also fine models. Click for a bigger photoof a type of "real" locomotive that served many small railroads between 1850 and 1940 throughout the United States. Like the other Hawthorne Village trains, this is a subscription plan, which means that you receive the train in a series of "issues," which you receive and pay for a month or so at a time. The first issue of this train includes the locomotive and tender (coal car). Each issue after that will include one lighted coach with Thomas Kinkade's unique artwork. The track and power supply (to run the train) come in issues two and three.

For a bigger picture of the locomotive, click the picture to the left.

For more information on beginning a subscription to this classic collection, click HERE - you are under no obligation to purchase until you make your final decision on the next page.

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Other Thomas Kinkade Hawthorne Villages(r) and Accessories of Interest

Sadly, we lost Thomas Kinkade in early 2012. At the time, Hawthorne Village had just introduced several new Christmas villages based on Kinkade's unique art. I told our readers that those sets would likely sell out quickly, and they did.

I have hands-on experience with both sets below. They've been around quite a while, so supplies might be running short, too. I can't say. What I can say with confidence is that as soon as these sets sell out, people will be contacting me begging me to give them one more chance to order the collection. Sorry about that.

Because Bradford Exchange has asked me not to sell these trains directly due to a weird legal thing going on with the state of Ohio, I am using the manufacturer's descriptions for them, instead of posting my own reviews. If you have a question about any of these collections, please contact us for more information.

Thomas Kinkade's Collectible Village Christmas Collection

Thomas Kinkade's Collectible Village Christmas Collection

Let the glow of Christmas become a bright tradition in your home with this First-ever limited-edition Thomas Kinkade Christmas village collection! This welcoming holiday wonderland begins with Issue One featuring the Holiday Bed and Breakfast and FREE Thomas and Nanette Kinkade figurine. Soon you'll be basking in the warm glow of Issue Two, Light of Hope Church and a FREE antique car figurine. Additional village buildings, each a separate issue and some with select free figurines and accessories, will follow.‡A Hawthorne Village exclusive inspired by the work of acclaimed artist Thomas Kinkade, each of these unique Christmas decorations is handcrafted and hand-painted for exceptional realism. You'll love every detail, from the snow that blankets each building to the festive Christmas decorations - even the buildings' textured siding and stonework look real. Plus, every lighted building bears a replica of Thomas Kinkade's signature. Fabulous additions to your collection of unique Christmas decorations or wonderful collectible Thomas Kinkade gifts, but you must hurry! Strong demand is anticipated, so order now!

Thomas Kinkade Lamplight Village Collection

Thomas Kinkade Lamplight Village Collection

The romantic vision of Thomas Kinkade transports you to a radiant place where enchanting lamplights glow like luminous pearls on flower-lined paths. Warm lights stream from every cozy cottage, church and shop in the Thomas Kinkade Lamplight Village collection, starting with Issue One featuring Stonebrooke Inn. Soon, you'll enjoy a stroll across Issue Two, Lamplight Bridge, which includes a FREE set of six lamplights and artist figurine. Additional village buildings, each a separate issue and some with select free figurines and accessories, will follow.‡This landmark village collection is a Hawthorne Village exclusive, inspired by the original works of acclaimed artist Thomas Kinkade and approved by the Painter of Light™ himself. You'll be amazed by the extraordinary handcrafted details - each tiny flower, each individual leaf is meticulously painted by hand. Don't wait! Strong demand is anticipated and you don't want to miss the radiant experience of owning the Thomas Kinkade Lamplight Village collection! Order now!

Accessories for Trains and Villages on This Page

Hawthorne Village Train Accessories - As different as they may look, all of the Hawthorne Village trains on this page are mechanically interchangeable. They are On30 trains, built on frames made by the Bachmann Corporation, the world's largest model train manufacturer. The track they all use is the same EZ-Track that Bachmann sells for HO trains, so if you order more than one Hawthorne Village train, you can use the track from each set interchangeably. You can also always get extra Bachmann EZ-Track pieces as well as Bachmann parts and service on your Hawthorne Village trains. A few extra track pieces and other Hawthorne Village accessories you may find useful are provided below for your convenience.

Summer Crossing Gate Train Accessory Set

Click for bigger picture.Electric Train Crossing Gate and Block Signal Accessory Set Adds Realism to your Collectible Electric Train Set! Exclusive! - This miniature-scale crossing gate and block signals will add interest and charm to any Hawthorne Village train. Meticulously handcrafted by master artisans, each detail is flawlessly re-created, from the red-and-white striped train crossing gate arms to the white crossing signs. The crossing gate's arms even lower automatically when the train passes over the track! This is also an excellent value. Click on the link below to purchase or for more information.

Winter Crossing Gate Train Accessory Set

Winter Crossing Gate And Block HO Scale Train AccessoryThe Winter Electric Train Crossing Gate and Block Signal Accessory Set! - Like the summer version above, miniature-scale crossing gate and block signals will add interest and charm to any Hawthorne Village train. The crossing gate's arms lower automatically when the train passes over the track! Click on the link below to purchase or for more information.

Track Multi-Pack Train Accessory Set

Click for bigger picture.Electric Train Track Accessory Keeps Your On30 or HO Scale Train Set on Track - One of the true joys and excitement of owning an electric train set is in enhancing - and growing - your display by adding quality accessories. Hawthorne Village's exclusive HO scale "Track Multi-Pack" Train Accessory Set affords you almost 8 feet of additional track, including four 9" Straight Track and six 9" Radius Curved Track. Perfect for any Hawthorne Village train sets. All you need to do is snap them together. Click on the link below to purchase or for more information.

Crossing Track Pack Train Accessory Set

Click for bigger picture.Expand your Empire! - If you have already added the Track Multi-Pack Train Accessory Set to your railroad, this set will allow you to add a figure eight shape to your railroad. This set includes a 90-degree Crossing, four 2-1/4" Straight Track and one 18" Radius Curved Rerailer. Click on the link below to purchase or for more information.

Bridgeport Train Display Wood Cabinet

Click for a bigger picture.Handsome Model Train Set Display Case Shows off Your Train Collection in Heirloom-quality Wood Cabinet with Glass Doors! - Provide an elegant home for your beloved model train collection in this heirloom-quality model train set display case, exclusively from Van Hygan & Smythe. Custom-designed in the tradition of fine European craftsmanship, its classic style is enhanced by solid hardwood construction with a rich walnut-finish. Hinged glass front doors reveal three 3-1/4" deep hardwood shelves, perfectly sized for your limited-edition train collections. Magnetic door closures minimize dust, and gleaming brass-finished hardware adds an elegant touch. Click on the link below to purchase or for more information.

O Scale AccessoriesIn addition, the O-Scale Accessories page includes many relatively inexpensive details such as bridges, fencing, and stations, that will bring life to any O-Scale or O-Gauge railroad.

Thomas Kinkade Village Christmas Artificial Tabletop Christmas Tree

Thomas Kinkade Village Christmas Artificial Tabletop Christmas Tree

Light up your holidays with Thomas Kinkade's first-ever illuminated Christmas tree, available exclusively from The Bradford Editions. Beautifully recreating Mr. Kinkade's original works in 3D, this 15-inch high Christmas tree has 12 Victorian buildings and over 40 villagers, intricately hand-painted and nestled amongst sparkling "snow-covered" branches. Horse-drawn carriages glide through the snow as villagers sled, skate, and make snowmen, awash in the warm glow of light from welcoming windows and a golden star tree topper! Look, there's the artist himself, by the skating pond, ready to capture the season's enchantment! This exclusive, limited-edition Thomas Kinkade collectible illuminated Christmas tree is the ultimate Christmas decoration for any Thomas Kinkade collector. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind Kinkade collectible - order now!

This GIF animation is just to give you an idea of how a unique new Thomas Kinkade Christmas Express collectible tree looks in motion. Click to be taken directly to the supplier's page.
Thomas Kinkade Wonderland Express Animated Tabletop Christmas Tree With Train

Thomas Kinkade Wonderland Express Animated Tabletop Christmas Tree With Train

As Santa and his reindeer joyously fly into the Christmas night, the Wonderland Express slowly chugs its way round and round the peaceful little village nestled amongst snow-kissed evergreen boughs. Now, you can capture the joy of this wondrous night in your home with an exclusive Collectibles Market First Thomas Kinkade musical animated tabletop Christmas tree with moving trains. It showcases four levels of rotating movement - including Santa and his sleigh - you'll watch as the train "climbs" ever higher up the tree and notice 12 brilliantly illuminated buildings and over 2 dozen handcrafted figures.All aboard for the merriest Christmas ever with this enchanting collectible Christmas home decor, available exclusively from Hawthorne Village. Inspired by the Painter of Light's™ beloved artwork, this handcrafted and hand-painted Thomas Kinkade animated tabletop Christmas tree plays a medley of beloved Christmas carols. Fully sculptural and intricately detailed, the holiday scenes are further enhanced with a blanket of glitter-touched snow. Makes a unique Christmas decoration or collectible gift for Thomas Kinkade fans. Heavy demand is expected, and you won't want to miss out. Order now!

O Scale AccessoriesIn addition, the O-Scale Accessories page includes many relatively inexpensive details such as bridges, fencing, and stations, that will bring life to any O-Scale or O-Gauge railroad.

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