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Family sets up model trains for Christmas
Realistic Toy Set-Up Is Family Christmas Tradition The MiJgley Layout — Almost Too Rtal to Be Makc-Believe. Oil Pumps That Really Work Double-Track Railroad Also Featured This Yc«r. in Similar Ills of Twins Name of 'Twills.' Get Ever have the twills? You certainly certainly won't, unless you have a twin. For "twills" is a new word coined recently by Australian doctors doctors to describe the phenomenon of similar ills occurring in twins at the same time. Twin girls in the Geelong Hospital, Hospital, Victoria, started physicians wondering if, for some reason un•known un•known to science, twins ore subject to coincident illnesses. To start things both girls were stricken with appendicitis the sa day. Later came the mumps — double • — and after that the measles, ditto! Yep! Those are twills, Christmas tradition means an elaborate toyland to the Midgley family. For 10 years the Salt Lake City, Utah, group has thrilled to the sight of electric trains climbing through mountains or passing realistic villages. This year John Allen, 11; William William Lamar, 14, and Benjamin a.< Midgley, jr., are helping their father set up the layout. At first I did all the work myself," myself," writes Mr. Midgley. "Now we all work on it, and I save a few surprise surprise additions for Christmas morn- "Thls year the toyland will have a double - deck railroad running through 1 mountains, giving the set the appearance of a mining town. Oil derricks that actually pump oil and an illuminated village will be backgrounds for the three trains. The set takes up a whole room, being being placed on an elevated platform 15 feet long and 12 feet wide." Visitors flock to the Midgley toy- land, at 517 Eighth avenue. Eye for Eats Da[>ot Dog Snoots All But Dining Car Trains. Brownie, depot dog at Rome, Ga., Is what you might call a "well- trained" dog. Brownie has been meeting the trains for live years, bul he doesn't speak to nil of them. No, indeed Brownie snoots the locals, which have no diners, bul the instant a fast train comes in. Brownie is rlghl there al Ihe dining-car door. And he always gels some "chow." (Story tor Parade rtcporlfr Jempi ( pliant, Oaflnrr, fl. C.)