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Josef Ritter von Baader builds a model in the park of the Nymphenberg castle to interest the king of Bayern in a real railroad project. Promotional models are not uncommon in the following decades.


Update for 2014

Hot off the Presses! Lou s book -I Never Met a Train I Didn t Like- Available Now!
Lou opened The Underground Railroad Shoppe in 1985, and began writing articles and columns for various toy train publications starting in 1987. Since 2007, Lou has been writing a monthly column called Views from the Underground for Classic Toy Trains Magazine, and is known for his candid and constructive opinions of the toy train hobby, along with his famous home spun humor. - I Never Met A Train I Didn t Like - compiles some of Lou s best articles along with brand new exclusive writings sure to be both informative and entertaining to all readers. It is available from Amazon.com (search for Lou Palumbo). You can also get a signed copy directly from Lou at the store or in the Orange Hall at the York Train Show for $12.99 (plus $3 shipping on mail orders.)

Announcing: New! MTH Electric Trains (TM) NEON CLOCKS
The clocks are the exact replica of the nostalgic clocks from the 1950s. Those Neon beauties were in many gas stations, diners, and other businesses in that era. Clocks are made of all metal and glass construction in the familiar MTH yellow and purple colors. The Clock is encased in a bright yellow metal bezel. A purple neon light surrounds the magical MTH logo imprinted on the face of the clock. The clocks are 20 inches in diameter, large enough to light up any room. They operate on 120 V. electricity and come with a full one year warranty. The clocks are made in the USA, and after-market service will be available. These clocks are a must for any hobby shop, train store, family or train room. Pre-paid clocks can be delivered at the October TCA York train show. There will be NO shipping charges for any clock that is delivered at the York train show. Clocks can be purchased from The Underground Railroad Shoppe or any authorized MTH dealer. MSRP:$329.95. Shipping and handling:$29.95 per clock (PA residents add 6% sales tax). Click here for the Order Form.

Newly Released DVD of The Underground Railroad Shoppe Available Now!
From the producers of the popular I LOVE TOY TRAINS series: All aboard for a fun-filled trip to the Underground Railroad! Great train layout action, toe-tapping music and lots of laughs starring Lou Palumbo and Vinny Boombatz! Contact us to order the DVD for $14.99, free shipping

Lou's Views - Classic Toys Trains Articles
Check out the words, wit and train wisdom of Lou Palumbo in Classic Toy Trains magazine every month! A selection of past articles can be found here in the "Views from the Underground" section of our website. Click here to read a selection of Lou's "Views From The Underground" reprinted from Classic Toy Trains.

TRAIN STORE SLIDESHOW Take A Peek Into The Underground
Click here to see the updated photos of our magnificent train layout and store.... and make your plans to come and see us in person!

The Underground Railroad Shoppe on Ebay
We have opened an Ebay store where you will find rare items and special deals. We're also auctioning items on Ebay. Check out our Ebay store by clicking on the link in the "Order and Contact" section of this site!

Lou in the NEWS! Article from the New Wilmington Globe Leader
Click here to read the article about Lou and the Underground Railroad Shoppe that was published in the New Wilmington Globe Leader on December 16, 2004.

Department 56
The Underground Railroad Shoppe is an authorized dealer of Department 56 / The Original Snow Village.

Look for Lou at the York train show in April and October every year!