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  • The Art of Railway Modelling: Arranging Model Trains and Tracks into Realistic Layouts
    Railway modelling is more than just purchasing model trains, arranging them in a predetermined layout, and displaying them for everyone to see. Railway modelling is an art wherein the most engrossed hobbyists build layouts that are realistic, well grounded, and historically correct. While most hobbyists construct their layouts using commercially av
  • A Classic Piece : Lionel Model Train
    If you are in the hobby of train collecting, the name Lionel model train should be something that rings a bell. In the early part of the 20th century a man named Joshua Lionel Cowen started a company that serviced enthusiasts that has a penchant for train models. Being an engineer himself, Lionel was able to create train models that are true to how they would look like in real life. Not to mention his inborn skill in marketing , his Lionel Model train product has received the sought after title of National Toy Hall of Fame. At this point, nobody will question the popularity of model trains in this era. It is said that by the 1940's up to the mid 50's model trains were a hit among young people and adults. During this time, they were selling around $25 million worht of model trains per year. It was a profitable and booming business at the time. But after this golden era, toy manufacturers concentrated on producing toy cars instead. The latter was easier and cheaper to build and parents were more inclined to buy them since trains were bulky and generally would cost more. However, the burning sensation of owning model trains continued to spread among tight circles and true blue collectors. By 1995, the Lionel company was owned by Wellspring Associates LLC, and one of its investors was a train enthusiast and popular musician, Neil Young.

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