My Mom, older sister and me would ride the Atlantic & Yadkin passenger train to Greensboro, N.C. and she would take me to Belk's Department Store to see the Lionel train display both in the front display window and one at a larger layout inside.. This was 1937 when I was 5 and I ended up with a NYC Marx winder for Christmas. Looking back during the Depression it was quite a gift considering my Dad was laid off more than he worked at the carpenter trade(feed barns mostly) and filling in on the RR Tie and Timber Crew. 

 

A&Y RY[NC's Southern/N&W connector].

Jim R. posted:

Oh, no, Jim. You’re not going to force me to get all nostalgic about those bygone train displays. Like the ones Dayton’s would set up in the lobby area in front of its mall store in Rochester, MN, in the 1970s.

Speaking of Dayton's, I remember seeing a Lionel Canadian Pacific F-3 aluminum car passenger set in the main Dayton's in Minneapolis when I was young. Apparently 1957, being the only year Lionel made that set. I remember it was alone on top of a circular clothes rack, which looking back seems an odd place to put it. 

Wannamaker's Department Store has been mentioned by a number of people. Lionel actually made a Wannamaker boxcar in 1982, the no. 9466, to commemorate the store. 

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