CBS News Sunday Morning | January 23, 2011 – After 50 years of collecting toy trains and their stations Jerry Green has amassed a collection of over 40,000 pieces, worth tens of millions of dollars. CBS News Martha Teichner finds out how he did it and what happens to a collector when they have nothing left to collect.
For nearly fifty years, Green has been accumulating model trains and the paraphernalia that goes with them. ”All of these trains were manufactured by a company called Bing,” he said. “I believe they went in business around 1860 or 1866; they stayed in business up until 1933.
He says he has more than 1,700 locomotives and cars, 700 stations, and thousands of accessories. ”In cataloguing the collection, I came up with 27,000 different items,” he said. “And I probably had another ten thousand” to catalog.
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