Neil Young loves model trains

Neil Young talks model trains with David Letterman. Young isn't just a model train enthusiast, he's also an inventor. From Dangerous Minds:

Young first created a research and development company, Liontech, to help the storied Lionel, LLC train manufacturing company, founded in 1900, create model trains with sound systems and control units. Young then became part owner of Lionel, along with an investment company. It was Young’s designs and inventions for Lionel that helped to bring the company out of bankruptcy in 2008. Young’s first train-related invention was a control unit, the Big Red Button, that enabled his son, who has cerebral palsy, to control the trains.
"Neil Young, Model Train Geek"


9 Responses to “Neil Young loves model trains”

  1. freshyill says:

    I saw Neil Young perform at the  H.O.R.D.E. tour in 1997 or 1998. He brings his trains with him on tour! Some of them were on display at the venue.

  2. tré says:

    man, people do really cool stuff when their children need something.

  3. CB Mills says:

    Here’s a Lionel ad where Neil did (very animated) voiceover work.

  4. t3kna2007 says:

    > Neil Young loves model trains.

    So does Rod Stewart.  True story.

  5. SedanChair says:

    That Big Red Button works kind of like the reverb footpedal on a guitar amplifier. I wonder if that’s how he thought of it.

  6. katkins says:

    Hopefully he’ll remember Southern Railway doesn’t require his presence.


  7. LogrusZed says:

    He bought the company from Roy Cohn (sort of) whose uncle had founded the toy company.

  8. Ramone says:

    I bet he’s got a Sugar Mountain tunnel on his setup at home.

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