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Published on Mar 25, 2009
As children, some of us played with dolls and wanted to be a ballerina. Some played with G.I.Joes or dreamed of being a fireman. A lucky few were able to keep playing their entire lives and John Ormandy just happens to be one of those lucky people. When John was a young boy, he enjoyed playing with model trains, as did most little boys, and he now owns his own model train and toy store.
When John's original train needed repair, he discovered that the manufacturer, the Märklin company from Germany, didn't have a service department in the anywhere in the United States and his train would have to be sent to Germany for the needed repairs. Seeing opportunity at hand, he negotiated with Märklin, and now is one of the largest Märklin dealers in the country. Specializing in repairing and selling both new and used model trains, Ormandy's stocks everything you need to build a train set complete with landscaping and they provide appraisal service to owners of vintage models. Märklin is his first love due to their superior quality, hence the saying, "Märklin Builds a Train, All The Others Try." John also stocks a large selection of Lionel, L.G.B., Schuco, and many other fine European trains along with products manufactured in the U.S.A. and throughout the rest of the world. Above the store is the Medina Toy and Train Museum which is open on the weekends and showcases an exhilarating display of antique toys and trains. The museum is so popular that over thirty thousand people have been through this museum in the two years it has been open with many coming from out of state and even other countries to delight in his display.
So the next time that your train is due for a bit of repair or you're looking for trains, supplies, or just a trip down memory lane, stop in and don't forget to tell John that The Advocate sent you!