I spotted a model railroad museum at Grossmont Centre shopping mall last week so I went in, took some pictures, and spoke with the curators.
Run by a group called the San Diego S Gaugers, S Gauge referring to a kind of model train, everything on display was made in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. One of the curators explained to me how ice was loaded onto trains before the days of refrigeration and tiny figures were posed in mid demonstration.
These guys didn't move but there were little moving machines, including a crane magnet that loaded tiny metal beams onto trucks. The toy was made in 1948 and had been repaired and was functioning. I took some video:
The curators all seemed very passionate about trains and model trains, all of them old enough to have played with toy trains like this in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
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