On holidays, special days, or every day, avid collectors and beginners enjoy decorating with miniature pieces from the Snow Village Halloween series. Frightfully fun and painstakingly detailed, the haunts of the Halloween Village will give shivers of excitement. Add some spooky accessories and your Halloween will take on a life all its own. Second in a continuing series of railroad cars to coordinate with "Rickety Railroad Station," the Haunted Rails No. 13 Dining Car dares only the bravest of passengers to enter. Broken out windows, tattered curtains, and the dilapidated railings give indication to the type of meal served inside. Like the coordinating engine, this car also includes a lit spooky jack-o-lantern. Spider web detailing sculpted into the side of the car adds scary flair.
Lit with LED lights, the dining car includes a small power cord that conveniently connects to "Haunted Rails Engine and Coal Car." The power jack on the back end will accommodate the power cord from the next car, introduced in 2010. The dining car includes the Snow Village Halloween 10th Anniversary stamp on bottom. The car measures 9-1/4 by 2-3/4 by 4-1/4 inches. It was introduced in December, 2008, and is retiring in December, 2011. IMPORTANT: Because it is intended to plug into the Engine, no power cord is included with the Dining Car.
Each building and accessory in a Department 56 village collection is a beautiful combination of authenticity, whimsy, and enchanting touches designed to warm hearts and homes. Artists develop a town plan for each village, then every detail is carefully thought through and drawn. Sculptors create three-dimensional wax sculptures using skilled hand artistry that results in an incredible level of detail. Each piece is molded by hand. All buildings and accessories are fired for several hours at high temperatures to provide the highest quality and durability. Shrinkage during the firing is planned into the design to accommodate things like die cast details and electric motors. Each building and accessory is painted by hand and then fired a second time to give more durability to the color finish.
Finished pieces are carefully packed in protective foam and shipped, after passing a drop test to meet strict quality control standards. The packaging for each piece is custom designed and is meant for long-term use as protection and storage for when pieces are not on display. To care for and clean pieces, use a soft brush or feather duster to remove surface dust. Using a hair dryer on a low, cool setting, or using canned air (used to clean computer components) is also effective to remove dust. Do not use a liquid spray, water, or a soapy water solution to clean pieces, as this may damage the finish. If minor repairs are needed, Super Glue gel formula is recommended as a repair agent. Please be sure to remove all other adhesives before repairing. Old adhesives can be safely removed by using a hairdryer to soften the old glue.
The intricately detailed pieces of the Snow Village Halloween series are as unique and diverse as the regions that inspired them. The exquisitely crafted collection allows individuals to showcase a little world in a way that reflects personal style, expresses creativity, and brings delight to all who see it.