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Carmelo Christmas

Planet Christmas How to articals from 2003 train a build

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Hello all,

Back when I was doing a lot of different Chrstmas designing for my home desplay and for the  Knights of Columbus Breakfast with Santa, I came across on Planet Christmas a train build and also lighted PVC pole Lights.

Pole lights were made of PVC and used red tape to make the candie cane look with a glass globe on top.  The globe reminded me of a hall way fixture from that era.  

The Train build was complex as the builder used wood of course to build the train structure and two little motors from one of those battery ride on toys.  He built the track out of wood and metal if I recall.  

Does anyone remember these and may have any informaion on them as I want to re-create them.  I am semi retired from my current job as a Telecommunications Engineer and have begun formulating some thoughts on starting a new business  specializing in Christmas Displays.  Im just testing the waters with this thought and yes its only a very seasonal thing but it takes time to take an idea, put it on paper and bring it to life.  Developing such a business to be cost effective is a real challange because materals are expensive as well as the machines and tools needed not to mention people who will want to be paid.  Lets face it ... no one works for nothing!

If anyone is intrested in discussing this topic and has any input at all ... good idea, bad idea, waste of time I am open to all.  As for the Pole lights and the train build it would be great if anyone could pass any info along.

Thank you all for your Christmas Passion .

Best regards

Carmelo

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