It all began on Christmas Day, 1969, when as a six-year-old I received a
Marx BIG RAIL WORK TRAIN
set from my parents. I spent many enjoyable hours as a
child running this train on the floor (photo). I
vividly remember just watching the train go around (and around and around) the
single loop of track on the hardwood floor. I would lay my head on the floor
and watch at the end of the straight for the train to approach and pass, and then
I would turn the lights off and do it again, all the while smelling the aroma of
hot electric motor and smoke oil.
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