Welcome to the Trains and Mercifully Short Train Videos page of, where two generations of playing with and learning about toy trains meets professional presentation. I like to think of myself as one who can make trains interesting to people who are not particularly interested in trains, so I keep the treatments light, short and fun. I will make updates to this page when time permits. Climb aboard and enjoy.

When Plastic Was A Miracle

Louis H. Hertz Toy Trains

The career of a pioneer in the toy train hobby.

When Plastic Was A Miracle

Plasticville Supermarket

Ride through Plasticville in a Renwal convertible, waving to the Beton citizens. A look at three players in the plastic explosion of the 1940s and '50s.

A Neal J. Conway Train Bibliography

"A GG-1 Story", The Train Collectors Quarterly, Vol.35, No. 4, Summer 1989.

"They All Laughed: How I Fixed Up An Ives 1129," The Train Collectors Quarterly, Vol.40, No. 1, January 1994.

"Blazing The Trail: At the turn of the century, two German companies helped define today's toy trains," Classic Toy Trains, Vol. 9, No. 3, March 1996.

"Dorfan Triumph Tragedy: Zinc alloy castings sealed the company's fate," Classic Toy Trains, Vol.14, No. 4, May 2001.

"Meet Lionel's Beetles: Standard gauge nos. 33 and 38 locos," Classic Toy Trains, Vol.16, No. 4, May 2003.

"Fifty Years of Memories at York," The Train Collectors Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 2, April 2020.