KidVid: I Love Toy Trains: All Aboard!
What is America’s fascination with trains? Has there ever been a time—since trains were invented—when model trains did not run around the base of Christmas trees, fill museums, or appear on not-so-little boys’ wish lists? One of the most popular attractions at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is the restored antique train that takes visitors on a scenic tour around the park (and drowns out performing musicians whenever the whistle blows). The first trains I ever rode were New York City Transit (subway), so the allure of trains is somewhat lost on me.
If there’s any doubt that kids love trains, check out Thomas the Tank Engine’s following. There are enough Thomas books, lunch boxes, videos, t-shirts, toys, and related merchandise to fill several museums (or maybe a really big one). I Love Toy Trains is another popular franchise, this one dedicated to miniature trains.
It’s been more than ten years since I Love Toy Trains released its fifteenth (and final) installment. Production has restarted, and on May 10, 2011, TM Books and Video releases All Aboard!, an all-new, all live-action DVD “packed with wall-to wall train action, fun facts and songs by singer/songwriter James Coffey.”
Featuring toy and real trains, elaborate layouts, train trivia, and special effects, All Aboard! takes train-lovers (especially ages 3 through 8) on a thrill-filled journey to witness the Halloween Train, visit Area 51, and be mesmerized by Big Rock Candy Mountain’s bounty. My granddaughter, Sissy, is going to go gaga over this DVD, and it’s sure to be a big hit with all aspiring engineers.