February 2014 marked our 40th year serving the model railroading community. Over the last 40 years we have seen remarkable changes in the hobby. Some have been amazing and some real head scratchers! As a store we have worked with model railroad enthusiasts to help improve the hobby and make it more enjoyable for all.
I personally have been dealing in model trains since I was 14 years old. I met my wife at the store and over the past 30 years we have raised 3 children and now have 6 grandchildren. All of my children have worked in the store over the years and all have fond memories and some pretty funny stories of the people they worked with. Roy, my father, passed away in January of this year and has not been active in the store for 15 years. His passing in January has me contemplating the future in a much different way. I believe that doing something for forty years like Roy’s Train World is a major accomplishment in today’s world. I also feel this is a good time for me to try something new while I still have plenty of energy. I would like to see what it is like to punch a time clock and just go home at the end of the day.
The above was written in a newsletter we sent to our customers in mid-March 2014.
The following is where we are as of the end of April 2014.
Now after hours of work, I am coming to the end of what's left of the business that once was Roy's Train World. I have a renewed vigor this week, on the heels of an incredibly emotional week last week. Each night I would come home and tell my wife what was being dismantled, things that when they were built thirty or more years ago and were intended to last a lifetime. Things that you can reach back in your mind’s eye and remember in detail the project, the little victories won and lost and even whether or not it was a good idea in the first place. Each project holds title on a chapter in my life.
There is some sadness in re-visiting some of these places; the severing of a bond. Your heart feels like it is going to come out of your chest. Some of these tasks though, are like cutting away shackles and each time one is cut, there is a little more room to breathe.
Emotions are off the charts.
That renewed vigor I spoke of? It has a deadline. I am shooting for this being cleaned up done and around May one and to leave on vacation on May one and a half. That may or may not happen, but it is my goal this day. The contractual agreement was, “as is, no repairs, we are no longer responsible, once the keys are turned over, best of luck....”
So this is a short story made long. Please know how much we at Roy’s Train World appreciate that you were a part of the last forty years. We would like to pass along recommendations for other independent local business where you might find some of what you need, and perhaps something you didn’t expect! We have had good and trusted relationships with these people over the years and recommend them highly.
All our best wishes and kindest regards,
Tim and Janice Honetschlager and Zephyr, who by the way is thriving here at the house!
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