Grateful Spirits - Get on the Train!

December 17, 2021

What began 57 years ago as a treat for his two Sons at Christmas has evolved into a miniature railroad system that fills the room.  Milton Brown constructed his first trains and tracts on a 4ft. X 8ft. sheet of plywood surrounding the family Christmas tree.  Residents at Lake Prince Woods have enjoyed the display since 2013 when Milton and Sarah Brown moved to the retirement community.     

 A 1939 Lionel 259E train his parents gave him at age 8, takes prominence in this holiday wonderland.  The level of detail Milton has crafted into the display includes two sets of train tracks, a trolley that chugs along a route.  Further detail of a scene from years gone by includes a downtown village with an iconic frozen pond and ice skaters, a schoolhouse, church, shops and two train stations which are colorfully decorated – many are internally lighted.  “Through the years, I was always on the lookout for new pieces to add,” Milt noted.  Two water towers anchor the scene, one made by Milt’s dad about 1978 emblazoned D&D Railroad for David and Douglas, Milt’s sons.  Another handmade piece is an intricately made covered wooden bridge typical of those found in New England.   

Milt is a member of The Train Collectors Association, regularly attends train shows and is always on the hunt for something new to add to his train display.  The train display acknowledges other parts of the U.S.A., many things from the New England area.  “One of the things I really wanted to add to the scene was a military band and I found one a few years ago in Bar Harbor, Maine.”