Frankfort Ave. model train store to close after 32 years - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Frankfort Ave. model train store to close after 32 years

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- An iconic Louisville train store is about to pull into the depot for the last time. L&N Trains and Things is closing its doors after 32 years.

Owner Bud Webster said: "It's just - it's just time." After suffering a fall a couple of years ago, Webster said his doctor has been on him to quit his second job as conductor of the Clifton store that hugs the railroad tracks along Frankfort Avenue.

"I'm going to slow down, I'm still going to do my real job. I work at Freedom Metals," Webster said.

After Thursday, he'll shut the doors for good. Webster is trying to can get his life back on track.

"Yeah, that's a good way to put it," he said.

Collectors have approached him about buying out some of his inventory. He's had inquiries from as far away as Atlanta. Webster says he stumbled upon the store space when he was caught in traffic by - of all things - a train on Frankfort Avenue.

"There was a for rent sign in the window," Webster said.

Now years later, Webster says the hardest thing to do will be say goodbye to the people - his loyal customers.

"I wouldn't have made it without their support," Webster said.

LOYAL FAN BASE

Seven-year old Evan Casper is one of those loyal customers. Growing up along Frankfort Avenue, his grandfather says he became captivated by trains by age 3.

Even though he's seven, he claims he's been coming here for ten years.

"Yeah, 10 years probably," Evan Casper said, admiring the model train engines scattered on shelves across the walls.

"It's kinda seems like it some times," laughed Charlie Casper, Evan's grandfather.

But Charlie Casper's laughs ceased when he saw the sign announcing the store is closing.

"Now I'm kinda sad this has been a fixture for us."

The closing will allow Bud Webster to spend more time with his 5 grandkids, 2 great-grandkids -- a train car full of family.

It's a sad realization for seven-year old Evan.

"I'm really sad about it," he said. "I think everybody needs to hear about it that the train store is going to close soon."

Thursday September 19th will be the last day for L&N Trains and Things, but Webster says trains will still be a big part of his life. Webster and his wife are now planning a trip on Amtrak.

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