February 1, 2018
Whether it’s a favorite book re-read every year (ahem, “Little Women”) or the sense of calm achieved when squishing (and smelling) a ball of Play-Doh, many of us have something from childhood that still gives us great pleasure. Some among us grow such pleasures into something bigger, perhaps becoming writers or sculptors.
The gentlemen in this story were entranced with model trains as boys. They accumulated decades of experience and equipment in their avocations and now volunteer their time each week to introduce young and old to the pleasures of model trains. At the Naples Lionel Train Museum, visitors can immerse themselves in the miniature world of steam and diesel engines and tap into the mechanical expertise of men like Station Master Ken Maloney to show them what it’s all about.