The Dec. 28 Columbian story, "Train collecting chugs along," reminded me of the model trains displayed in the window of the Bon Marche in Seattle at Christmastime in the 1940s and early 1950s.
I'm sure that these window displays in department stores across the nation were instrumental in the development of the model train hobby.
I received my first model train when I was 6. Later, we went from Lionel to American Flyer.
My mother, who had studied art in high school, even got involved painting scenery on the basement wall behind the train table. My younger brother had an HO-scale layout. He stayed with the hobby and has a garden railroad at his home near Tacoma.
There is a model railroad club in Portland that has an open house on weekends in November. Anyone interested in learning more about this should visit the website Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club.
Philip S. Parker