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Updated: 03/08/2018 08:30:01AM

A 60-year train ride, keeping his family on track

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An original Jim Beam decanter train is displayed behind several dozen HO gauge railroad cars.

A rocket on a launcher car actually fires into another car that is rigged to explode when hit.

These two cars load and unload barrels of whiskey automatically as the train passes by.

Displaying items from Larry Kirsch's collection.

Four generations of Kirschs include Larry (left), sons Paul and Roy, great-granddaughter Lexi, and grandson Allen Kirsch.


Larry Kirsch makes last-minute changes to his table of model train cars just before the auction.

The engine and coal car of a Jim Beam decanter train.


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Larry Kirsch more than 60 years ago bought his son Roy a toy train. As can happen with kids, Roy soon tired of the gift. But that’s when an interest in model trains began to develop in his father.

That’s how it all started. And some six decades later I found myself on a Sunday morning at the Arcadia Small Animal Auction. It’s where Larry Kirsch was auctioning off his life’s passion — thousands of train engines, railroad cars, miles of track, transformers, plus tiny houses, buildings, cars and more, all built to scale to match the various sizes of his model trains.

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