LOPO'S CAMERAS AND TRAINS: DO YOU REMEMBER THIS LIONEL DEALER AND ITS LOCATION IN DETROIT?

Super O Bob posted:

I loved bursley and stayed all years of college there...

Burley was wonderful!  I was there for two years, and my wife was there for three years, although we didn't meet until I was a Senior. I was an Economics major, and moved nearer to central Campus, since the entire Economics Department was in that beautiful, old white building that was right by the Ugli.

North Campus was quite different than now.  The only buildings were Bates Housing, Married Housing, Bursley, the Music School, and, North Campus Commons.

Was Engineering, or the Computer School, or both, on North Campus by the time that you attended?  We had to use machine language and punch cards with the Mainframe Computer on Central Campus, and the wait was often incredible to get on the computer.

As I think back its hard to believe that there were no model railroad displays on campus that I recall in any of the dorm common areas or elsewhere, even during the holiday season.  This was true even though virtually every student had been born during the Postwar era.  My "train stuff" had been put away long before, so, maybe we were just "too cool" for that!  I know my last trip to Lopo's or to any model train store would have been many years before.  As is true with many of us, we didn't really return to the hobby until later.  For me, it was when my oldest son turned about 6, although, I knew he really wanted a Super "O" layout when he was 2, so I set up a large loop with some Plasticville buildings for a while, just for him...

Cordially,  Dennis

The Water Level Route

Yea i did have some of the last classes in west and east engineering down on central campus.  The Aero Department and almost everything else moved up to north campus by 1984.

My research activities building was dozed to make room for the new Aero Eng building...

Lots of changes there over the years...  i was an Aerospace Engineering major, then moved to St. Louis to design Fighter Jets...  did that until the family arrived then moved home to be near my parents...

 

Bob

Lionel Fan and Super "O" Track Enthusiast

As noted above, a trip to Lopo's with a stop at Sander's for a hot fudge sundae made for a fun Saturday jaunt with my dad.  Just like Lopo's had some of those old fashioned all- glass counters for display, Sander's had an old fashioned confectionery counter with the swiveling stools, where we could order a Cherry Coke, a malt, float, or, a hand dipped sundae, with our favorite flavor of Sanders ice cream and topping.  Once in a while we would drop my mom and sister off at Kresge's ( a 5 and 10 cent store that evolved into K-Mart) next door.  After our jaunt to Lopo's, we would rescue the other two, and the four of us would go to Sanders.

Within the past few weeks, the local news has reported that Sanders, a Detroit based company, is being acquired by Kar's Nut Products Co., also a Detroit based company.

A fun evening train party with a local flavor might involve running a few Lionel trains made by our Mt. Clemens neighbors, making a little smoke in the train room, and then having some Sander's Ice Cream with Kar's nuts as a topping.  Maybe even add a little Vernors Ginger Ale to really top it off.

Cordially,  Dennis

The Water Level Route

Super O Bob posted:

I just remember seeing tall buildings on my way to lopos.  I had never seen buildings like that before.

I dont remember anything inside the store though.

You might be thinking of Downtown Train & Camera,  That was by downtown Detroit.   I don't recall any tall buildings near Lopo's on Chalmers.

John23 posted:
Super O Bob posted:

I just remember seeing tall buildings on my way to lopos.  I had never seen buildings like that before.

I dont remember anything inside the store though.

You might be thinking of Downtown Train & Camera,  That was by downtown Detroit.   I don't recall any tall buildings near Lopo's on Chalmers.

Bob,

When I lived on the east side, the tallest structure from my home, east of Kelly Rd., and north of Whittier Rd., was 3 stories, if that.  When the Eastland Professional Building was built, circa 1960, [about 2 miles north of my home on Kelly Rd. and roughly, The M & M Rd. Mile (8 Mile Rd.)], it dwarfed anything in the vicinity.

Unfortunately, unless you were traveling, say, from Dearborn, from Downriver, or, from Mt. Clemens, as John 23 says, there weren't any tall buildings near Lopo's.

Cordially,  Dennis

The Water Level Route

  I was thinking about the lowered counter extentions that Saunder's had so smaller kids could sit on the stools and reach a straw. 

  My Dad worked for Karr's making soda when they needed some help on& off since he was a kid. I knew a granddaughter or niece from school too.

  I like Cold Duck better than Vernors .... Canada Dry, aye? Even Faygo's ... but why when there's Redpop .

   I mostly just went to a shop somewhere on Jefferson Downriver for the window display at Christmas. I recall going to Downtown Hudson's only once and a store with wood escalator steps that day...?  The kids and wives didn't go into the city much and after 67 not at all. I think Tiger games with Mark Fidritch marks a turning point in time in my memory, with activity there ebing and flowing, but ultimately growing long term,.

   I didn't really need to shop for trains, they just appeared. Sears at Dix & Southfield hwy near it's beginning & I-75, had hobby grade old stock too. I once found a 520 hiding in the back of a cloth storage drawer next to a trains drawer in 73-74. ( That Sears has earned a profit more consistantly per day open than any other Sears in the counrty. The original architecture of the mall styling and overall enclosed walkway concept; was award winning with many articles world wide in 56-58 but I don't know when it was finished.   And if not then, by the 70s, that intersection busier in a 24hr period than any in the state for decades (Dunkin Donuts research, DOT info). To sit there for a light and not see another car is rare even at 4:00 am on a Holiday.  ( I made the donuts )

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Adriatic posted:

  I was thinking about the lowered counter extentions that Saunder's had so smaller kids could sit on the stools and reach a straw. 

  My Dad worked for Karr's making soda when they needed some help on& off since he was a kid. I knew a granddaughter or niece from school too.

  I like Cold Duck better than Vernors .... Canada Dry, aye? Even Faygo's ... but why when there's Redpop .

   I mostly just went to a shop somewhere on Jefferson Downriver for the window display at Christmas. I recall going to Downtown Hudson's only once and a store with wood escalator steps that day...?  The kids and wives didn't go into the city much and after 67 not at all. I think Tiger games with Mark Fidritch marks a turning point in time in my memory, with activity there ebing and flowing, but ultimately growing long term,.

   I didn't really need to shop for trains, they just appeared. Sears at Dix & Southfield hwy near it's beginning & I-75, had hobby grade old stock too. I once found a 520 hiding in the back of a cloth storage drawer next to a trains drawer in 73-74. ( That Sears has earned a profit more consistantly per day open than any other Sears in the counrty. The original architecture of the mall styling and overall enclosed walkway concept; was award winning with many articles world wide in 56-58 but I don't know when it was finished.   And if not then, by the 70s, that intersection busier in a 24hr period than any in the state for decades (Dunkin Donuts research, DOT info). To sit there for a light and not see another car is rare even at 4:00 am on a Holiday.  ( I made the donuts )

My Grandpa lived in Allen Park and we know that Sears...  the farmer jack next door was bulldozed.  Gramp would walk there across 4 lanes of southfield even at 98 years old!

Anyway, shocking on that 520...  i didnt know they had trains!  Would have been there alot!

After 68, never went downtown again after that trip to canera and trains.  I recall one Tiger game in about '68.  We never went back... watched 'the bird' on TV!

I worked at Joes Hobby Shop in the '80s during college summers, but it was on the Detroit/dearborn property line on Wyoming.

Bob

Lionel Fan and Super "O" Track Enthusiast

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