Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Spectacular 2012: DAY 12 - Johnny Cash for Lionel Electric Trains

InsaneDavid Presents: Christmas Spectacular 2012: Advertisements

DAY 12 - Johnny Cash for Lionel Electric Trains

Johnny Cash was a spokesman for Lionel for a few years and when he got to talking (or singing) about their electric trains it seemed like he was genuinely having a good time. In this commercial, my favorite of his ad spots, we meet The Man in Black at a hobby shop where he is purchasing a Lionel train set for his son for Christmas. I still say model railroading is the world's greatest hobby. It's open to everyone, has so many different facets, and so many different things to do. Planning, construction of benchwork, track laying, ballasting, building scenery, painting scenery - essentially creating an entire functioning world in miniature. Oh, and of course railroad operation. That $40 train set could open the door to a lifetime hobby that would grow little by little. Of course it's generally a lot more expensive to get started these days. For instance the latest Lionel steam locomotives run about $1,300 for a single locomotive. Completely insane. Of course I never cared for O gauge, because of the cost but when I get back into N scale running it's all going to be top of the line Kato track and switches. Anyway, a great advertisement - I can still remember when hobby shops looked like that...

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