My father passed away in 2007 and one of his favorite past times was his Lionel train collection. This was no run of the mill collection, his love of trains occupied the entire attic of our big old house. Warning, post contains a lot of pictures. I hope you enjoy!
Aunts and Uncles told us that my dad had started collecting after his days in the Marine Corp. At that time, he had his trains in the attic at his parents house in downtown Indianapolis. Mom and Dad's first house was a tiny ranch, and with 3 young kids, there definitely was no room for them there. When I was 6 years old, my parents purchased an older home about 4 miles east of downtown Indianapolis, just off of Washington Street. Finally, my dad could have his trains in his own home.
|My childhood home. The attic is behind that small window at the top left.|
|Notice the date on the newspaper that he wrapped the trains in.|
|Just a few boxes that contain trains.|
Fast track to today. I was cleaning out my garage last week and decided it's time to get them out of those totes and let someone enjoy them. There are literally hundreds of trains. Diesel and steam engines, box cars, coal hoppers, caboose. etc. Buildings, some metal and some hand made by my dad.
|This pile of track represents hundreds of feet of his display.|
|A couple of the many buildings that my dad made by hand. I remember him spending hours at the dining room table constructing display items for his trains.|
|One of many steam engines. My girls each took one like this to have for their trains for their Christmas tree.|
|Another one of my favorites, a pullman car.|
|The General. I kept this one for myself. It's a little fragile, so I will most likely use it for display only.|
|The transformer. Dad spent hours with his hands on this, running his trains.|