|Written by Paul D. Race for and|
For many people, nothing brings interest and nostalgia to a Christmas village like a moving train. Bachmann's O-scale trains that run on two rail (HO-gauge) track made the combination easy, fun, and affordable. In spite of the Christmas paint jobs, these are not toys; they are detailed, accurate models of real trains that once ran in real cities in North America. Even better, Bachmann chose to model trains and streetcars that look like they belong with most Christmas village structures such as those from Lemax and Dept. 56. The trains on this page mostly are decorated with Christmas colors. However, Bachmann also makes On30 trains in other color schemes that you would enjoy running all year 'round.
Update for September, 2014 - Like other suppliers, Bachmann cut back on orders during the recession, and now that people are buying trains again, most of their sets have become unavailable, and all of them have disappeared from our preferred vendors (except the auto-reversing streetcar set below). I have removed links to all but one set, which I'm leaving in place because if Bachmann ever does replace it, the set they introduce will almost certainly be very similar. Next year might be better - I don't know. But if you want a Bachmann On30 train to go with your town this year, you may have to do some shopping around. don't wait too long.
For those without enough room to put a circle of track around their Christmas villages, Bachman has made a streetcar set that has a reverse mechanism, so your Christmas trolley can go back and forth automatically. It comes and goes, but at the moment is still in stock. The Bachmann streetcars will run fine on a circle of regular HO track, too, so if you want something ittybitty around the tree or a table, this might be a good choice.
Note about Availability and Pricing: Although I try to keep an eye on things and to recommend products that are reasonably available, the model train market does fluctuate, and any product on this page may change price or become unavailable without prior notice. In fact, I've inadvertently caused a "rush" on several products just by listing them on these pages (sometimes within a few weeks).
For more detailed information about why model train products seem to come and go and why I have stopped listing prices in our "buyer's guides," please see my article "About Pricing and Availability."
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.)
If you have any questions about any On30 train, collectible train, Large Scale train, or Christmas train, contact us and we'll try to help.
In the meantime, Happy Holidays! - Paul Race, Big Christmas Trains.
| 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: 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.
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.
|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.|
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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