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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Book Hour - Inside the Lionel Train Fun Factory

Robert Osterhoff, author of Inside the The Lionel Trains Fun Factory: The History of a Manufacturing Icon and The Place Where Childhood Dreams Were Made called in to talk to Mindy about the hobby of model trains. He has been operating model trains since he was a boy in the 1950's; he played with them with his kids and his grandkids -- it is a hobby that crosses generations. He talked about how fun it is to create your own cities involving model trains, including "Scratch builds."

He spoke about the caboose, the train engineer, train tracks and more.

If you want to get started with model trains, the first thing is to get a starter set. Then you can build your own scenery with things from around the house.

[Ed. note: can you build a Coliflordia city with model trains?]

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