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Bachmann Home For The Holidays on 30 Ready to Run Electric Train Set. Click for bigger photo Bachmann Home For The Holidays on 30 Ready to Run Electric Train Set - This Bachmann Christmas set was especially designed to look good with Christmas village buildings. (In fact, one version of this train, in black and dark red, was sold under the Dept. 56(tm) label.) That said, this train is also big enough to look good around your tree and great around your town. The set comes with a power supply and a loop of track. The engine is reliable, and the paint job and details are attractive.

Note for 2014: Although one version or another of this set has been available since the late 1990s, Bachmann has not been making these for a couple years, and most of their vendors are out of stock. We are keeping this description posted in case one of our vendors comes up with a supply between now and Christmas. We also apologize for any inconvenience. Unless you have your heart set on an On30 train, you might be interested in seeing one of the many new O gauge Christmas trains that Lionel has introduced this year. Click here to jump to that page.

You may notice a similarity between this train and the Hawthorne Village Subscription Trains. That's because all the designers start with the same basic kit, which they prize for its overall quality and reliability.

Note: As of December 10, 2013, only a handful of these are in stock anywhere, so don't wait too long.

This is a poster Bachmann created to show how well their On30 passenger trains go with collectible village pieces. Click for a bigger picture.Note: In early 2007, I bought the predecessor to this train (North Pole Express) for a project. It was the first Bachmann On30 Christmas train I've owned for a while, and was very pleasantly surprised in a number of ways. This train had exceptionally sharp graphics, a flawless paint job, and other signs of close attention to detail. In other words, Bachmann's continuing commitment to quality improvement has made this a train that anyone would be pleased to own or display. Although the colors are different from the locomotive available this year, I've included a high-resolution photo of my train below so you can see the quality for yourself.

Click for a bigger-than-life closeup that will show you the details and quality of this locomotive.On the back of the box was a photo of the train running past some ceramic houses and other collectible pieces just to show how well it looks with them - Click on the image above to see a bigger photo.

For details, pricing, or availability, please click on the "check stock" button.

About Extra Track - The train set above comes with an oval of track that is about 38" x 56", although if you order a subscription train, you don't receive all of the track and power supply right away. To get a jump start on your railroad, or to make your railroad a little larger, you may easily add additional track.
  • The Bachmann EZ Track #44501 is an exact replacement for the curves that come with the train sets.

  • Bachmann #44411 matches the straight pieces.

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Bachmann On30 Christmas Village Street Car Set (United Traction) Bachmann Automated On30 Christmas Village Streetcar Set - Bachmann's On30 Street Car set is our best-selling solution for Christmas villages that aren't big enough for a loop of track. The weathered "car barn" hides a reversing mechanism, so your trolley can deliver passengers from one end of your village (or your fireplace mantle) to the other automatically.

Bachmann's popular On30 Closed Christmas streetcar. Click for bigger picture.In spite of the Christmas paint job, the Bachmann streetcars are models of real streetcars that graced US towns and villages a century ago. Because of the great detail, they look great with every popular Christmas village set.

In years past, this set has been almost unavailable. Right now they're back in the stores, so that's good news. Click on the Check Stock button to learn more or to order.

If you already have HO trains and track, you might consider the HO New Orleans Brill Trolley. It's technically too small for a Christmas village, but it sure is cute. Click on the photo to see this on Amazon.

Note: To extend a "back-and-forth" railroad, you will need to use special track. (Regular HO track, even the EZ track that comes with the trains below, won't work, because of the extra wiring necessary to run the reversing mechanism.)

  • For straight pieces, use Bachmann #44548 track.

  • For curves, use Bachmann # 44549.

If you have questions about this, please contact me and I'll try to help you out.

Note: These sets have been bestsellers every year that we've been able to get them. This year we are using a supplier we don't usually use because all of our regular suppliers are out of stock and not likely to get any in between now and Christmas. In other words, if you are remotely interested in this set, don't wait too long to decide; the supply is definitely limited.

Winter Crossing Gate And Block HO Scale Train Accessory Animated Crossing Gate - The $29.95 Hawthorne Village crossing gate adds charming action as the arms go up and down each time the train passes. This package includes four "block" signals that you may set around your mainline to give a little more detail, as well. This product is available from Collectibles Today. For more details, pricing, or availability, please click on the button.

On30 Model Trains - Bachmann also makes On30 trains that aren't painted just for Christmas. Everything on the On30 Model Trains page will look great with the Christmas Villages and Christmas trains in the rest of the catalog, of course. But many of these pieces are so charming and well made that you'll have serious trouble trying to put them back in the box on January second. Click on the image at the left for more information.

O Scale Accessories Note: 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. Click on the button to the right for more information.

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