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Vanderbilt. Stanford. James J. Hill. Morgan.

The great railroad builders.

Into that mix, you have to throw in Joshua L. Cowen.

He was your typical turn of the century inventor. Lots of harebrained ideas.

Some that worked, some didn't.

He designed a fuse to ignite magnesium-powered flashes to revolutionize photography.

The U.S.Navy bought 24,000 of them in 1898 to detonate underwater mines.

Next project was the development of little metal tubes that were designed to illuminate flowers in their pots.

He gave the idea away in 1898 to one of his salesmen, some guy named Conrad Hubert, who turned Cowen’s idea into a flashlight and the Eveready Company and made millions.

But was Cowen discouraged?

He was too busy coming up with a better idea.

Did I mention the "L" in Joshua L. Cowen's name stood for Lionel?

Probably forgot.

During the Victorian period, there were model trains with live steam engines, mainly for the wealthy.

Märklin, a German toy company, came out with the first complete system of trains.

But Cowen, from a small dingy office in New York City, invented the electric train.

The first one was a flatbed car that ran on batteries.

He sold them as eye-catching displays for shop windows.

Wasn't long before people wanted them for their homes, particularly for under the Christmas tree.

By 1906, he had introduced the transformer and famous three-rail track. In 1907, he introduced the first locomotive.

Lionel model trains were soon selling over 50 million train sets, more than all his competition combined.

Because Joshua was building something even more important.

Relationships.

Something that would help fathers and sons, fathers and daughters (sometimes) build something together, spending hours in the basement, or living room, adding more tracks and stations. Adding memories.

Maybe that's why we love trains so much. They remind us of things. They play with our imagination.

So tonight keep the club car open a little longer.

Invite Cowen. He'd be great company. Would have some wild stories to tell, like when he invented the electric doorbell. Who else would you have? You might relax the smoking rules. Twain liked a good pipe.

Have some canapés and keep the champagne cocktails flowing.

J. Peterman

 

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December 31, 2012 12:17 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

I think I hear our HO scale running around the track just now....off to the pillows. Thanks to Lionel Cowen for the fun of trains, both large and small!

December 31, 2012 12:59 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

In the new 365 days you are about to board, hope all in the Village enjoy fulfilling, creative times.

And that your train runs at good speed.

And takes you where you want to go.

And does it on time.

And delivers you to promising opportunities, expanded and rewarding horizons.

Safe, smooth, peaceful journey.

December 31, 2012 4:25 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Oh, how American! In the UK, it has to be Hornby 'O'guage or 'OO' guage. My cup runneth over  with nostalgia.

December 31, 2012 4:54 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Joshua Cohen would roll over in his grave if he learned of the demise of Lionel. Once king of "O" gauge 1:48 scale model grains, they were losing ground rapidly to upstart MTH. So Lionel conspired to pay an MTH insider to clandestinely steal plans for MTH's new electronic train control system from a Korean manufacturing location. Unfortunately MTH got wind of the plan, and sued Lionel in Federal Court, obtaining a huge judgment for theft of trade secrets and for damages. Lionel wound up in bankruptcy, and never recovered. Now Lionel is merely a trademark, licensed to make trains, a device to profit from residual good will under the Lionel name. MTH is now branching out into "HO" gauge, and they even make European prototype trains. MTH is taking on German Marklin, a bankruptcy survivor after the worldwide financial crisis following September 11th of 2001. Sad, sad, sad. Greed led to cheating, and the plot thickened but never did anything other than boil the protagonists.....in their own oil.

December 31, 2012 5:43 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

We had a  locomotive that ran on our 'O' guage track. If I recall, it was fuelled up with water in one chamber, charcoal in another and methylated spirits in the third. The thing was lethal and we were NOT allowed to play with it except under Dad's supervision. Even he managed to singe his eyebrows on a couple of occasions. It was so exciting to see the thing build up a head of steam and chug around the track. The first time our Ugandan houseboy beheld the steaming monster, he backed away in terror, declaring "Satani!" - The loco and meths were kept in a high-up locked cupboard well secured from little hands and we would be left with the tame clockwork locos to haul our rolling stock through the hand-made scenery we created on rainy days. My youngest brother (reluctantly) parted with the trains and tracks to give to my son for his fifth Birthday. I actually cried, I was so thrilled to see my old friends. Many more happy hours playing with trains. They are still going strong in my  nephew's basement. 3 boys, youngest only 4yrs old, so I still get to play trains when I visit.

December 31, 2012 6:14 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Hazel, you were privileged to have a father who admired live steam railroading (as opposed to propulsion by electricity flowing through the tracks).  Wow, what great memories!!! 

December 31, 2012 6:14 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Hazel, you were privileged to have a father who admired live steam railroading (as opposed to propulsion by electricity flowing through the tracks).  Wow, what great memories!!! 

December 31, 2012 6:15 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

I did it again, rats!

December 31, 2012 6:48 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Over the years, I became a dab hand at fixing new axles and wheels onto rolling stock and replacing those infernal high-tensile steel springs in over wound of just plain worn out wind-up locos.
Well Berted, Bert! xxx

December 31, 2012 8:03 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

I asked for a Lionel Trainset every Christmas. I got dolls, bakeovens, books and record albums. Anything but trains. As a female only child of a father who obviously never had his own set I was out of luck. My father was a trainspotter and would drive 100 miles to photograph an interesting Terminal, but no trainset.

HAZEL I envy you!!

December 31, 2012 8:08 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Once again Villagers, thanks to Mr. Peterman you have enhanced my year and as we say farewell to 2012 I want to thank you. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve and a perfect 2013!

I usually have a threesome on NY's Eve...it is a n ight for debauchery after all...for me its me and my 2 boyfriends Ben&Jerry.

CHeers!!

December 31, 2012 9:15 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Chef Deb~Admittedly good company, but you'll have to share. We're all with you at least in spirit.

Wishing you all the best in the new year. May all your dreams come true.

December 31, 2012 9:29 AM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

CHEFDEB:Do you have Cherry Garcia? I liked From Russia With Buzz but they don't make it any more.

December 31, 2012 10:17 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Chunky Monkey

December 31, 2012 10:46 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Cherry Garcia but what was From Russia With Buzz? What was in it?

December 31, 2012 10:49 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Our downstairs is entirely trains.  And more trains.  And now that he has officially retired he's re-doing the whole dang thing!  (Hey! it'll keep him busy, right?)  All the grandchildren of the neighbors love to come over and watch the trains go thru' their paces...........thru bridges and tunnels, on elevated tracks, etc.  And then there's the settings...hoboes and campfires, stores and businesses with light up signs, retro cars parked in the villages......Yes!  Thank you Lionel Cowen!

December 31, 2012 10:57 AM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

From Russia With Buzz Two names, one flavor: dark coffee ice cream with  espresso-fudge chips. Both are in the graveyard, though the latter's still  available in some scoop shops. Caffeine addicts who don't live near a shop have  to make do with Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, which doesn't offer nearly as much  buzz.


Via http://www.divinecaroline.com/38/97747-r-i-p-ice-cream-ben-jerry-s#ixzz2Ge5fhs8V Yumm!!!!

December 31, 2012 11:10 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

MY father-in-law retired from the Baltiomore and Ohio Railroad with 60 years service (His father got him hired as a water boy at age 11 in Cumberland MD). My wife has an outbuilding full of Lionel trains and dreams of railroading. The word train brings two distinct memories to mind. Many years ago (near 50) my wiffe's (The Ruth) old uncle got me and our three children (ages 4, 6, & 8) aboard a working railroad engine for maybe a mile onto a turntable which turned the engine around then back to our starting point .Ihave no  idea how he pulled this off but he sure left some dear memories for me and my children. The other is an old couple both of whom were Master Plumbers who had built a beautifully crafted steam engine with two cars from machined stainless steel and solid brass; each piece approximately 2 feet long andd looked like the innards of a Rolex watch. The train was mounted in their modest home on the fireplace mantle made from  a large split log.  I have wondered what happened to it. It should have been in a museum (Sorry about the absence of paragraphing. I know what one is but I can't make the machine do it!)

December 31, 2012 11:23 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

And. From my 'yoot', a riddle my Dad told me as I played with my twin handled Lionel 3rail track and 2-3-4 Locomotive;"Why can't a locomotive sit down? Because it has a tender behind"... (That's what they call the 'coal car' for you that need to know). I still remember that purple fluid that you eYe dropped into the smokestacks to make them 'puff,puff'. It smelled like the black 'chucle',the one I ate before the orange one I'd save for last.

December 31, 2012 11:38 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Korthal~How did I miss it...yum.

George~As Spring enlightened us one day (she just knew the secret code and I, for one, am greatful she shared), if you click on "format" and then hit return twice, it somehow, magically, happens.

December 31, 2012 11:53 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Add my voice, too, to those wishes for a Happy New Year!!  Ours will be, as always, a very quiet celebration--if you can even call it that!  I don't even have those two reliable friends mentioned above around..........................so, I guess I'll just watch the snow slowly, but magically transform the world outside my windows.


December 31, 2012 12:03 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

Thanks, Ms. Andy! By return do you mean "Enter" on the keyboard?

December 31, 2012 12:03 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

Thanks, Ms. Andy! By return do you mean "Enter" on the keyboard?

December 31, 2012 12:06 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

That may work for you.But not for me. 

December 31, 2012 12:14 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

korthal-- it didn't work for me, either.  

December 31, 2012 12:28 PM
270752_10150312062190804_7175723_n 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Graygoose said...

Carol, are the roads really bad up at your place? It's BEAUTIFUL here!! And no wind whatsoever (amazing)~~ We've had at least 3" and it's so still that the snow has actually stacked up on the wire fences. The cowboy and I are heading out to make our rounds checking on cattle and elderly neighbors.
I haven't celebrated New Year's outside the home in nineteen years now, as it is my middle son's birthday. I just decided that from that day forward, I'd leave all the partying to the "amateurs" :D Guess that means y'all will be stuck with me tonight in the club car!

A WONDERFUL TRAIN EXHIBIT IN THE NORTHPARK MALL, DALLAS
http://youtu.be/6QyQeSWLy20

and a little about the man who created it~
http://youtu.be/FRUXGgke1fo
(a little long, but interesting!)

ALL TO BENEFIT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

December 31, 2012 12:41 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Graygoose---the roads are just beginning to get risky as the snow falling has stopped and a mist has begun in its place.  But yes, the Quiet.............probably one of the best things about a snow!

December 31, 2012 12:49 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Ooooh! That magic quiet that falls with the first snows. And the pristine garden and the laugh watching the cat trying to walk without getting her feet cold.

December 31, 2012 1:46 PM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Yes, I mean "return"

Hmmm, sorry it didn't work for some of you, it did work for me on two computers

December 31, 2012 2:18 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Hazel, your post about first snow was lovely.  Thank you.

December 31, 2012 2:20 PM
1627 First-comHr-1 CptMatt said...

I think I want to pick my additional guest from current pop fiction media. I would love to have Heddy, from NCIS:LA, as a guest. The character is witty, well read on a wide range of topics, well traveled and a enjoyable person, something lacking in so much of TV these days.

December 31, 2012 2:44 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Yesterday the rain turned to sleet and, as the temperatures dropped, the sleet turned to snow. It was not enough snow to matter, but it put a smile on my second daughter's face as she exchanged vows and rings with her husband.  It was a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding in Atlanta.  If the sun won't shine on such an occasion, then it is only fitting that a little snow should fall. My oldest daughter, the maid of honor, smiled as a tear rolled down her cheek and froze there, sparkling like a diamond on the soles of her shoes.

December 31, 2012 3:05 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Congratulations Paolos!  You sound as proud and nostalgic as you ought to ... a winter wedding.  Nothing so beautiful.  Again, congratulations to you, Papa, and best wishes to the newlyweds.

December 31, 2012 3:14 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...


Thank you Miss Park4.  I am proud, he is a good man and she is a gem.

December 31, 2012 3:20 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Paolos--With your heart the responds with so much love and romance to even mundance circumstances you must have been beside yourself with happiness and pride.  Congratulations all round........... .  

December 31, 2012 3:54 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

PAOLOS Yes, congrats indeed!

December 31, 2012 4:12 PM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Paolos ~ And congrats and best wishes frome too

December 31, 2012 4:38 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

Paolos~ Congratulations on your daughter's wedding. May they never be angry at each other at the same time. Sounds like you live in a good part of the country>

December 31, 2012 4:46 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Thank you all.  I did not intend to derail the topic.  May 2013 be a lucky number for us all.

December 31, 2012 5:09 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Paolos,Your daughter is blessed to have a father who gave such sweet words about her wedding day, and blessings also.

December 31, 2012 5:09 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Paolos,Your daughter is blessed to have a father who gave such sweet words about her wedding day, and blessings also.

December 31, 2012 5:37 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

PAOLOS:  Ditto on all the good wishes. ANDY: Where is that return key? As you can see I can't find it.
I will now click on format and double click enter with that funny arrow. 

Let's see what happens.

 

December 31, 2012 5:39 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Okay, I clicked format and went to blockquote. Then I double clicked enter, then send and on my computer I have to refresh to post. 

So it seems to be working with all these steps.

December 31, 2012 5:41 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Somewhat, since each sentence was double spaced which should have made a new paragraph.

December 31, 2012 6:09 PM
13091 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 janej78 said...

 As reported by Railroad Magazine in 1961's Volume 73-74: "The Southern Pacific's final retired steam engine, a switcher, No. 1298, has just gone to a park in Santa Cruz, California."
 
When my son was a child, I'd take him to that park to play on that steam engine parked there. He could run around and play on both the locomotive and the oil tender.  
 
In late 1987, the Santa Cruz City Council voted to sell the entire train engine and tender at the recommendation of the Parks & Rec department. There were lots of letters to the editor, and eventually only the tender was sold, but the train is no longer a playground structure, so sadly, children can no longer play on it as they've roped it off and it now has signs that say keep off.  
 
I don't know anything about trains... though if one passes I always wave... but this is the info I could find about it.  
 
"This is Southern Pacific engine #1298. It is an S-10 class 0-6-0 of which there were 27 built and according to one source is an ex Arizona Eastern locomotive. 
It was probably built in 1917 and was the second to last of its class to be built. It's a "switcher" engine that was assigned to a particular rail yard to switch boxcars etc to build trains. These switch engines moved from rail yard to rail yard, making up freight trains, or doing short shuttling jobs of moving customer cars directly to their on-rail drop-offs. Larger facilities, such as the San Jose passenger terminal, had their own depot switchers dressed up with chrome and a more glamorous livery paint job.

It is one of only six remaining engines of its type: Engine #1215 is in San Jose, CA; #1221 is in Deming, NM; #1233 is in Woodland, CA; #1237 is in Salinas, CA; #1238 is in Fresno, CA; and #1298 is still in Santa Cruz, CA.

Southern Pacific Railroad 0-6-0 steam locomotive #1215 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works (Philadelphia) in 1913. It received the "S-10" classification from the railroad. A total of 27 engines were constructed in two Baldwin production lots (1913 and 1917). Utilizing superheated steam and piston valve cylinders, the initial members of the S-10 class were the first "modern" steam switcher engines on the railroad." 
 
As for model trains, we had a couple of restaurants that had fully working models that would be running during open hours. Really fun to take the kids to eat at Train Place Deli or Positively Front Street. Both are long gone.
 
Congratulations Paolo! Sounds like a beautiful wedding ceremony. So happy for you, your daughter and new son-in-love.
 
Happy New Year to you all. 13 has always been my lucky number, so here's hoping 2013 will be a very good year.

December 31, 2012 7:50 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Just got back from seeing in the New Year with my son and his loveley wife, so:
Blweddyn Newydd Da i pawb - Happy New Year to everybody.
paolos~ O wow! What a special day!
 

December 31, 2012 8:04 PM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

On our way out. Spending new years with our children and their spouses. Happy New Year all

December 31, 2012 8:24 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

The media is full of post-mortems on 2012. Me, I'm counting my blessings, and I am thankful.

December 31, 2012 8:29 PM
293 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rings90 said...

I know I haven't frequented the Club Car too often this year. Been locked up in my berth Working & Studying. Coming on out for a Scotch & Cigar so I can Toast in 2013 with all the Villagers.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Rings90

P.S. I plan to come out a bit more in 2013. :-)

December 31, 2012 10:21 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

...and we'll be happy to see you, rings90!!

December 31, 2012 11:05 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

2013 is an hour away. Happy Healthy New Year to all the Villagers. 

Barbara

January 01, 2013 12:00 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:00 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:00 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:00 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:01 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:01 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:01 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:01 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:01 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:01 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:01 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:01 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 12:01 AM
First-com prep guy said...

As i read thru the On-Going Discussion about Lionel Trains, I am reminded of my VERY OWN, first Lionel Model Train. Every year, my Dad spent (what seemed to be hours), assembling miles of track  (& all the trimmings), under-neath huge Christmas Tree, in our family home. And then, the FUN OF IT ALL, began....hour after hour, day after day, long after the Christmas Respite has concluded. And like every child, EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS HUGE!!!, no exceptions. We are given the wonderful "gift of memory", that is the fabric of this incredible life...truly one of Our Best & Most Special of ALL Gifts Given!  (thanks for allowing me to share)

January 01, 2013 1:38 AM
270752_10150312062190804_7175723_n 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Graygoose said...

Happy New Year!!!!

January 01, 2013 9:36 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

PAOLOS.........what a lovely post! Sounds like it was a beautiful wedding, your daughters & new son-in-love are very lucky to have you.................congratulations..................

January 01, 2013 11:31 AM
Com-100First-com twocents said...

Paolos:  My warmest congratulations on the news of your daughter's marriage. Love your post.

January 01, 2013 11:33 AM
Com-100First-com twocents said...

As far as trains.  I have many fond memories as a young child.  It seemed as though the Christmas season was never complete without the train set......

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