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Mark Sloat

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I just wanted to share a few photos that I took of a Christmas train that is in this gentleman's garage, which is located in Downers Grove Illinois. Here are the pictures. There are three separate trains going. Three levels of tracks for the three trains.

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Thanks for the pics! I like how he had the military figurines in the display!

Is this a battle on going, or are they departing for war on a train?

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Is that Rion Goyette house on 67th Street?

He's been displaying since the early 70's and he's a great guy. I'd always run into him at Downers Grove Hobbies, which unfortunately is no longer in business (got ate up by St Aubin).

I heard he had quit a few years back or had really scaled back. Is that so?

His display was always my inspiration.

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Karl LaFong wrote:

Is that Rion Goyette house on 67th Street?

He's been displaying since the early 70's and he's a great guy. I'd always run into him at Downers Grove Hobbies, which unfortunately is no longer in business (got ate up by St Aubin).

I heard he had quit a few years back or had really scaled back. Is that so?

His display was always my inspiration.

I am not sure if that is his name but the house is on 67th street. He may have scaled back a little on certain things but add more animation to the windows. Which I love. I heard that the Macy's characters in the window are around 15k. I think that is what they tell me. If you run into him, please tell him my wife and I love his display. We go back every year. He is also my inspiration. I am planning on converting my Halloween crypt to one of his animation boxes that he has in the front. I had heard that he had a stroke and that the neighbors helped put it up one year. That is unbelievable. Here are a few pictures of his house that I took this year. I also have a link so you can see more. I took so many pictures when I was there. After I heard he had a stroke I am so afraid that it could be the last time he has it up.

I heard that there is a guy from Lemont that does this too. Do you know where?

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Here is the link to more photos. I also have photos of Greg Parcell's display and another house in Oakbrook, Illinois.

http://photobucket.com/albums/y260/lovermonkey/Christmas/

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Mark,

Thanks for the photos! This is a really nice display! In your pics, thereare two

boxes. Are those coin ops? At first I thought they were claw games, but with the

wood case, I wondered if they were antiques?

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If you are referring to the photo just above your post those are actually "guest books" for visitors to write hometown, comments, questions, etc.

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Thanks for the photos - super cool train, and other parts of the display as well. As for the military question, I sure hope they are departing, for the other sides sake... because I don't see any cannons pointing back!

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