By Andrew Liszewski
I don’t know about you, but when I hear mention of a $12,000 model train diorama I expect to see a layout filling an entire basement, not something that barely fills a dining room table. But apparently that’s all 12 G’s will get you from Hammacher Schlemmer. The diorama, which was designed by Lionel’s own display builder and modeled after a 1950’s department store window setup, features 36 feet of O-gauge track, various models like buildings, water towers and a mountain with tunnel, and comes with a New York Central Flyer locomotive complete with 6 passenger/stock cars and a caboose.
It’s a nice idea if you’re looking to get involved with model railroading and don’t have the patience or time to build everything from scratch, but for $12,000 I’d demand a setup that can at least deliver beverages and snacks directly to my couch.