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Kidsday visits Lionel Train store

Kidsday reporters, from left, Julianne Johnston, Molly Andrews,

Kidsday reporters, from left, Julianne Johnston, Molly Andrews, Erin Lankowicz and Liam Haber (kneeling) at the Lionel Trains pop-up store in Manhattan Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We recently visited a “pop-up” store in Manhattan, just across the street from Bryant Park. A pop-up store is a store that pops up seasonally to sell specific items that will be in demand during that time. In this case the season is Christmas, and the items are Lionel Trains. This also happens to be the first retailer of Lionel Trains in New York.

This store had everything you could think of for the train fan. The items ranged from trains and full train sets, to books, to hats to accessories. Some of the bigger sets included: The Polar Express, The Pennsylvania, The Harry Potter, and Thunder Valley, to name a few. One that we think is probably really popular amongst young kids is the Thomas the Tank Engine Starter Set.

What we thought was unique and helpful in this particular store were the four train sets that were set up with full landscaping and accessories, and operating with lights and sound. Also there is an instructional video running constantly so that a train buyer can see how to set up and operate a new set.

According to store manager Will Finkel, Lionel Trains have been a favorite since they were created in 1900, and Christmas is the time of highest interest in trains. If you want to learn more from him or any other the other train experts in the store, head over to the store, but hurry, because it closes Jan. 4, 2011.

WHERE Lionel Train Pop-Up Store, 1095 Avenue of the Americas (at 41st street), across the street from Bryant Park.
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