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Neil Young, Claude and Lionel trains

Neil Young, Claude and Lionel trains

July, 2001
@ Picotin
Thierry Amsallem

The same passion for Music but also for model trains. Neil Young bought the century-old Lionel trains factory recently.

They played together with Claude's Lionel trains collection.

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  • Thierry Amsallem

    Neil Young started collecting the trains in the 1990s, as a way to bond with his son Ben who has cerebral palsy. Along the way, he developed a remote control system that allows for multiple trains to run at once.

    "Collecting all of these items has been my great joy. They have provided a source of inspiration, fun and creativity throughout my life,"

    Young, avid model-train collector, created a 700-foot model train track within a barn on his property—an idea he developed as a way to interact with his son Ben.

    Young developed special controllers for the train set, allowing his son to control switching and power using a paddle system. The controls later formed the basis for a company called Liontech. In 1995, when the Lionel company was facing bankruptcy, Young put together an investment group to purchase the train company so that he might continue his research and development.

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