Les Tolstens love of model trains fills a village

The model railroad fills 120 feet is Les' backyard

ST. THOMAS TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA  Train lovers can be found all across the world. Many collect model trains, enjoy riding trains, and enjoy all things train. However, most probably can't compete with Les Tosten and his train set.

Tosten doesn't have a room dedicated to his love of trains. Instead he has about 120 feet in his backyard on Wenger Road dedicated to a village through which several model trains run.

"I've always liked trains. Still do," Tosten said.

Tosten's infatuation with trains started at a young age. When he was a boy, he had neighbors who would have model trains set up in their houses at Christmas time that he would visit and enjoy. One year he got a Lionel train from his mother, and the rest is history.

Tosten also joyfully remembers cleaning the windows of trains on Sundays as a youth. He lived a block away from a train station so he would take advantage of the opportunity to be around trains to clean them. It also helped Tosten that several of his friends shared his train enthusiasm.

"We just liked trains," Tosten said.

So much so that when he came into a spare bit of money about 14 years ago, there wasn't much thinking about what he would do with it. He took the money, went to a hobby shop, and bought a model train for outdoor use. From there, the idea grew. He and his wife Connie had a fish pond out back already and according to Connie, "he thought train building would be fun."

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