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Written by Paul D. Race for Big Christmas Trains(tm)




    John Deere collectibles get the respect they deserve - Collectibles celebrating the John Deere pioneering spirit have been around a long time. But John Deere is now being celebrated by world-class artists like Thomas Kinkade, as well as Hawthorne Village®, a premier manufacturer of mint-quality and museum-quality collectibles.

    I personally respect the Deere brand, not only because I have an old but very reliable John Deer tractor myself (the original 120), but also because the brand has stood for quality since the time of its founder - a man who did as much to turn the Midwest into the "Breadbasket" of America as any other person.

    John Deere himself was a blacksmith from Vermont who set up shop in Grand Detour, Illinois in 1836. There he discovered that the cast iron plows the farmers had brought from New England were almost useless in the prairie clay. Deere came up with a plow shaped something like an icebreaker that forced the clay to "break away" from the blade as it continued down the furrow. But Deere knew cast iron wouldn't do the job. In 1937, Deere used the high-quality rolled steel from a broken saw blade to make his first plow. His experiment was so successful that, not only did it change farming and farm tool manufacturing, it even changed the way steel was made in this country. But Deere didn't rest on his laurels. He continued to improve and develop his products for the rest of his career. And wherever pioneers spread across the Heartland of America, John Deere's products were there to break new ground, literally as well as figuratively. Is it any reason that John Deere's products, and even the company logo, comprise such a compelling piece of Americana?

    Click to sign up for the 'Trains-N-Towns™' newsletter, with articles about display villages, indoor railroading, and much moreAlmost five years ago, Hawthorne Village, the world-class manufacturer of holiday village collectibles, negotiated with the John Deere company for the right to mint certain collectibles that would display the quality that John Deere's products and history deserve. Customer response was huge. In fact, three separate John Deere village collections have come and gone since we set up this page (including the one shown in the title photo - sorry). In other words, if you like what you see, don't wait too long to order.

    Update for April, 2012 - Due to the recession, the manufacturer of these trains had too many left on the shelves at year's end 2008, so they didn't order any new collections. Then people started buying again and the remaining collections sold out quickly. I don't know what they have in the pipeline right now, but I've posted everything I could find. The remaining village is probably in very short supply, so if you think you'd like to have one of these in your house ever don't wait too long. I will be keeping an eye out for other products to post here as they become available.

    Note: The villages and accessories shown on this page are for indoor use only. The scale of these products (except for the HO train below) average about 1:48, the right size too look good with Hawthorne Village(r) collectible trains, On30 model trains, and Lionel O Gauge trains.

    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.)

    The villages on this page are available by subscription, which means that you sign up for them like you would a magazine. You then get (and pay for) a package about every four weeks for the next four months. The accessory packages, however, are sold as single-purchase packages. As always, please contact us with any questions.


    John Deere Halloween Village Collection

    John Deere Halloween Village Collection

    There aren't any tricks just plenty of treats in the FIRST-EVER collectible John Deere Halloween village collection! It's alive with spooky fun, starting with Issue One featuring the Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch and FREE diecast John Deere tractor and Pumpkin Farmer figurine. Soon more thrills and chills arrive with Issue Two, Cider House Mill. Additional village buildings, each a separate issue and some with select free figurines and accessories, will follow.‡This limited-edition decorative Halloween village collection is available only from Hawthorne Village and is filled with handcrafted detail, glowing light, and nostalgic charm - just take a look at the real working water wheel over at the Cider House Mill! A terrific tribute to Halloween traditions and the rugged reliability of John Deere, this is one unique Halloween decoration idea that you don't want to miss, but hurry! Strong demand is expected, so order now!




    The Ultimate John Deere Express Train Collection

    The Ultimate John Deere Express Train Collection

    More than 170 years ago, John Deere started as one-man blacksmith shop. Today, farmers around the world depend on John Deere equipment to get the work done so they can move their product to market. All aboard this John Deere train collection. It's masterfully crafted with a solid metal chassis, gleaming brass wheels and a locomotive car that lights up for a beautifully illuminated display. It even includes HO scale gauge tracks and power pack - a $70 value - yours FREE. Your collection begins with Issue One, John Deere Locomotive. Then it continues with Issue Two, John Deere Engine, and additional John Deere Express train cars, each a separate issue to follow.‡This exclusive Hawthorne Village collectible train collection is handcrafted by skilled artisans and authentically detailed with John Deere colors, vintage advertising slogans and farmscape images. It also features flatbed cars with fully-sculpted and hand-painted classic John Deere tractors, including the Model 5010, GP, B, D and A. Strong demand is expected, so order now!




    John Deere Creek Village Gate Accessory Set

    John Deere Creek Village Gate Accessory Set

    This charming two-piece John Deere Creek village accessory set offers a big heartland welcome to everyone who visits your John Deere village display! You'll delight to the park benches emblazoned with the classic John Deere logo, the snow-kissed trees, the weathered stone and the jolliest snowman ever - proudly sporting his John Deere cap and scarf!This nostalgic John Deere Creek village accessory set is handcrafted and hand-painted by master artisans in the signature John Deere colors, and can be arranged to create the perfect entrance to your beloved John Deere Creek village display. You won't find a finer value anywhere, so don't wait! Order now!




    John Deere Billboard Village Accessory

    John Deere Billboard Village Accessory

    Bring a heartwarming sense of holiday spirit to your beloved Christmas village display with this collectible John Deere village accessory. This clever illuminated billboard is surrounded by snow-covered evergreen trees, and showcases the classic John Deere logo bathed in the glow of four old-fashioned billboard lights.Available exclusively from Hawthorne Village, this delightful Christmas village accessory is handcrafted and hand-painted by master artisans using the signature John Deere colors. Enjoy arranging it to create the perfect welcoming entrance to your beloved holiday village display. You won't find a finer value anywhere, so don't delay. Order now!





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