This is the one. The most treasured Lionel layout ever. Its memories launched our hobby and remain vivid today. Meticulously recreated by a train club in Jackson, Missouri, this DVD brings to life all those scenes you've loved since you were a kid.
All aboard for a spectacular video tour of The Station at Citigroup Center. Housed in a 27-foot high replica of a Victorian train station, this sensational display, created by Broadway set designer Clarke Dunham.
The trains made before WWII have a certain charm that is irresistible. "I love their bright colors, rattle-trap sounds, and pure whimsy," says collector John Potter, "and they set the stage for all the great postwar trains."
John DeSantis has collected one of everything and in every variation from every Standard Gauge manufacturer. This unprecedented collection is displayed in rooms dedicated to Lionel, American Flyer, and Ives. The smaller train makers are displayed in the "Everyone Else" room. John also has layouts dedicated to each major manufacturer, and the layouts are "pure" - all the components - transformers, rheostats, track, switches, trains and accessories - are from the correct era and from the same manufacturer.
Dr. William Furnish (1917-1997) was the most charming, erudite and enthusiastic toy collector in the world. Along with his wife Mary, Bill amassed thousands of toys, most from 1890 to 1970. The Furnish Collection includes trains and planes, cars and zeppelins, stuffed animals, games and banks, toy soldiers, robots (He plays with one worth $25,000), Erector sets, a fleet of boats and more.
Caryl Pettijohn thinks big. His train room is 3,000 square feet, with a 2,500 square foot Standard Gauge layout with 76 switches, 2,500 feet of track, the longest straight-a-ways you will ever see, and 20 trains can run simultaneously.