|Written by Paul D. Race for Big Christmas Trains(tm)|
Farm-Themed Villages and Accessories
Several years ago, Hawthorne Village, the world-class manufacturer of holiday village collectibles, negotiated with the John Deere company for the right to mint certain collectibles that would display the quality that John Deere's products and history deserve. Customer response was huge. In fact, every single John Deere village, train, and village accessory that Hawthorne Village ever sold is now unavailable (including the one shown in the title photo - sorry). So we've broadened the scope of this page to include other brands and manufacturers, and as we come across any John Deere-themed trains, villages, and accessories, we'll post them here, too. We have even posted a John Deere-themed train set that none of our preferred vendors have, just in case you want to go looking for it yourself. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Update, 2016- 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 products we like. If we keep it up, Bradford Exchange will have to start collecting sales tax for any customers in those states who order from them. So they have sent out an e-mail asking me (and hundreds of other people) to cease and desist recommending products we like.
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. We would never dream of continuing to recommend Hawthorne Village products that we liked in 2014 and still think highly of!
Note about Suppliers: While we try to help you get the products you want by recommending suppliers with a good record of customer service, all transactions between you and the supplier you chose to provide your trains or other purchases are governed by the published policies on the supplier's web site. So please print off any order confirmation screens and save copies of invoices, etc., so you can contact the appropriate supplier should any problems occur. (They almost never do, but you want to be on the safe side.)
John Deere RS-3 LionChief Remote Freight TrainExpressAs of this posting, none of my preferred vendors have this in stock, though several folks I don't usually work with seem to have one or two. Frankly, if you can get one of these, you'll be very satisfied with it. I put it here for your information only. Too see a bigger photo and a detailed description on the Lionel Trains site, click here
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