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What does Trainland, NJ Hi-Railers & The Sopranos Have in Common?

During a recent Trip to the New York Area, the Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA) had an opportunity to visit the NJ Hi-Railers Club in Patterson NJ to see the operating layout that was featured in a season ending episode of the popular HBO TV Series, The Sopranos.  The NJ Hi-Railers restored the layout to it's original state with a few additional drops of Hollywood blood stains.  We then met with Ken Bianco, one of the family owners of the successful Trainland train store located in Long Island NY.  Trainland is one of the largest Lionel Authorized Service Centers and dealers in the country.  This store was the set location used for the filming of "The Blue Comet" Episode of The Sopranos.  

Click on the video link below and listen to Ken describe the filming session that took place inside of his store.  Ken also shares his opinion on the changes facing the toy train hobby.  A sincere thanks go out to the NJ-Hi-Railers, Trainland and Ken Bianco for sharing this story with our LCCA members and guest who visit our website.

Al Kolis
Immediate Past President and Special Events Manager