Toy train sales keep chugging in elec...

Toy train sales keep chugging in electronic age

There are 11 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 14, 2008, titled Toy train sales keep chugging in electronic age. In it, Newsday reports that:

The expression of 31/2-year-old Anthony Bjelke - wide-eyed and nearly mystified - as he watches an electric toy train chug across the track validates more than 100 years of a magical holiday allure.

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Ken Hansen Brookhaven

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Dec 14, 2008
A truly marvelous hobby for anyone....especially young folks....they learn it, engineering, painting, construction, planning, et al. Beats the pants off video games. Parents, give it a try with almost any age kid....boy or will be AMAZED!!!!
Bobby Bacala

Spring Valley, NY

#2 Dec 14, 2008
I love toy trains

Spring Valley, NY

#3 Dec 14, 2008
My 2 1/2 year old loves trains... it's going to be a very 'Thomas' Christmas at our house. My husband and I like that trains are something he can grow with, unlike Elmo and Mickey Mouse where they lose their appeal at around age 4. Plus my husband takes the LIRR into Manhattan... to our son, this just makes trains much more fun to play with.

Bronx, NY

#5 Dec 15, 2008
Robert wrote:
My friend recommended a site -~mixedfriends. c om~ for me. It's really good. people from other country and place can give you help and suggestion enthusiastically. Why not have a try?
Tell your friend to go pound some salt. k?

Chemung, NY

#6 Dec 15, 2008
My father handed down the tradition to me. He died before I became financially solvent enough to purchase and build my own layouts. I have handed down the tradition to my sons. My brother is also handing down the tradition to his sons. We both started with the Thomas sets when our sons were young.
Incidentally, I am one of few females that actively engage in this hobby. I am shouting out to my friends on Willis Ave.
Asleep at the switch

Port Washington, NY

#7 Dec 15, 2008
And these trains are never LATE and don't require a CHANGE AT JAMAICA.

Bronx, NY

#8 Dec 15, 2008
Digital slot cars are so much fun too. a little like the ones you mat have had when you were younger except they have morw capabilities.

New York, NY

#9 Dec 15, 2008
I don't get the appeal of toy trains, but then again I'm still collecting comic books in my late 30's, so to each his own!:-D

New York, NY

#10 Dec 15, 2008
Hempstead wrote:
I am shouting out to my friends on Willis Ave.
I know the place you refer to, a comic book store I used to frequent in the 90's was right around the corner from them. I used to park my car in that hobby place's parking lot!
Retired Conductor

Scottsdale, AZ

#11 Dec 15, 2008
"Asleep at the switch" wrote - And these trains are never LATE and don't require a CHANGE AT JAMAICA.
>>>>>>> >>>>>>> >>>>>>> >>>>>>> >>>>>>> >>>>>>> >>>>
I make my Lionels late on purpose, just to bug people like you. The best part is, I don't have to fumigate the cars after the pigs depart! Toot-Toot.

Jamaica, NY

#13 Dec 15, 2008
There IS a lot of interest in model trains.

There is an operating model train display at the Cradle of Aviation this coming weekend (Sat & Sun).

Another show is at the Bethpage High School Saturday, January 17, 2009 featuring 12 operating model railroads.

On March 24 there is one at the Westbury United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Avenue, also featuring operating model railroads.

I don't know the exact dates but there is one at the Freeport Rec Center, I believe on January 11 and one at St. Ignatius School around the first Saturday in March.

Come and enjoy model trains.

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