A train display is more than just a hobby for a Glastonbury man, who is a retired doctor.
Mike Lepore wears a conductor’s cap on the third floor of his home where he spends much of the holiday season.
He operates not just one or two, but 14 trains and two trollies that chug along in his attic.
"I lost count on the lighted buildings, over a hundred, I stopped after 100. I don't even know how many figures we have,” Lepore said.
He first saw a train display at the old G-Fox in Hartford when he was 9 years old, and all these years later, his love for them has never derailed.
"My grandchildren help run the trains, it just makes it a fantasy world for a short period of time,” Lepore said.
His wife Nancy Lepore knew about his hobby when the two met in high school, and as far as she’s concerned, he’s always been on the right track.
"I think it takes a lot of his time and a lot of his thought and he enjoys doing it - and I know where he is,” Nancy said.
The display stays up all year, but it looks a little different each Christmas when they open the attic for tours.
"Some people who come up here are really collectors, I'm not a collector, I'm an operator - everything I have, I like to see run. I don't like to see them on a shelf or in a box, I run them,” Lepore said.
The public is welcome to tour the attic and see the train, but guests have to email Mike Lepore for more details at email@example.com.
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