Thursday, July 8, 2010

My daddy thinks he's a train!

This post is in response to Mama Kat's writing workshop.  The prompt is "Do you know a collector?"

Mama's Losin' It

Do I know a collector? Mmmmm... I feel like this is a trick question.
Anyone who knows me -- and my family -- already knows the answer to this question. In one word.


My dad is obsessed with trains.

Lionel. O gauge. Amtrak. Narrow gauge.
Diesel. N gauge. American Flyer. Couplers.
Conductors. Steam. Gondola. Caboose.
Train layout. Tank car. HO gauge. Coal car.
Chessie cat. Cow catcher. Boxcar.
TCA (Train Collector's Association). S Gauger's.

These are the terms of my childhood. We planned our vacations around the locations of trains and train conventions. My parents' basement is full of boxes -- of toy trains.

We warn visitors. If he starts talking about trains -- we will not save you. Just walk away slowly. He will not stop talking. Just walk away.

My dad probably owns one of the largest collections of S Gauge trains in the world. Maybe not the largest -- but among the top dozen or so. And these collectors are a peculiar breed. Most of them played with toy trains as kids back in the 1950s, and continued to collect through their adulthood.

Ironically -- my dad has no train layout. Why? I'm not sure. You'd have to ask him. But then you'd have to hear the never-ending tale of trains. I don't think you want to do that. So, it will remain a mystery. Toy trains trapped in boxes.

Meanwhile, the train gene seems to have carried down to his grandson.


theworkinghousewife said...

Aww..that picture is soo cute. At least it probably made your dad an easy person to shop for haha!

Stopped in from Mama Kat's.

parentingBYdummies said...

#3 is unnaturally obsessed with trains. I have to literally avoid Michael's because they sell those ridiculously overpriced Thomas train there that drive him batty. Came over from Mama Kat's to say hi!

Kristen T. said...

Wanna hear another irony? My dad's name is THOMAS. I'm not kidding. Yes, he's the original Thomas the Train. :)

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