Model Trains
A black locomotive with the white lettering “New York Central” hurtles around a bend of track. Passenger cars pursue their leader into a tunnel. Puffs of smoke spurt from the locomotive in time with the chugging engine. Both kids and adults are glued to the display at the Train Station store in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.   “Eighty percent of the male population has a fascination with trains,” says store owner Dave Shaw. “[They] bring back people’s childhood—everyone is chasing that lifelong memory.” It’s been that way since such firms as Lionel first powered model trains with electricity—as opposed to wind-up mechanisms—around the turn of the 20th century. Shaw …
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