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Large Christmas layout with 4 independent routes on 3 levels, built around the Christmas tree.


Scale & Size
Scale: O (1/48), Standard Gauge (1/27)
Size: Extra Large
Dimen­sions: 610cm x 305cm; 240" x 120"; 20′ x 10′
Area: 18.61m2; 22.25yd2
Time & Theme
Epoch/Era: II, III, IV, V / Steam, Transition, Modern
Season: Autumn/Winter
Theme: Christmas
Tracks & Route
Trackage: Lionel O Fastrack, USA Track Std Gauge
Type: Closed Route
Line: Mixed
Features & Control
Traffic: Passenger, Freight, Shunting/Switching
Power supply: DC
Uncoupling: Manual


The track plan consists of one outer oval line in Standard Gauge and one more inner line in O gauge, passing through the tunnels. Then there is another Standard Gauge on the second level which crosses as double “8” around the Xmas tree and one more Standard Gauge circle on the third and highest level. Four different trains can traverse the four routes at the same time, making the unique Christmas atmosphere and experience.

Here is what Mike says about his Christmas layout project:

"This is what I did last year. It's both STD and O. The whole thing was made out of XPS foam. After Christmas, I stored it up in the garage rafters so I'll be trying to reuse it ... The central tree platform is made out of wood. If you have the ceiling height, then a tree platform is an easy way to squeeze in another loop. I'll change it up this year but I'm not sure how yet. I realize it's a little over-the-top but maybe you can get some ideas from it."

See more pictures and designs like these and other Christmas layouts & track plans in O gauge, posted in Christmas Tree Layout Plans topic on the OGR forum.

Project: Operational Layout   
Author: Michael Shamel   
Designed with: SCARM
Posted on: 20 Nov 2020
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