Are trains big and small making a comeback?
A model train chugging merrily around the Christmas tree with a pint-sized conductor in pajamas and railroad cap is as recognizable an icon of the holiday season as stockings on the mantle. Retro or not, model trains are still alive and well, still the province of small boys and middle-aged men, and still a perennial best seller at Christmas time.
Unfortunately, the companies that make model railroads aren’t publicly traded or available for investment. The best known of these — Lionel Trains, Marklin and LGB — have been around for decades, and their offerings are broad enough in variety and cost to not disappoint any parent who feels this year’s Christmas tree wouldn’t be complete without locomotives, track and transformer.