LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Andy Buckley is reliving a childhood memory - operating model trains. Buckley remembers them as a vital part of Christmas window displays in downtown Lake Charles.
"Sears and Muller's especially had Lionel trains in the windows running. For baby boomers, who grew up in the late '50s and early '60s, the trains were just a magical part of Christmas," he said.
Buckley and two friends have built a train display in the former Muller's Department store window. The whole idea here is to recreate those wonderful holiday windows that Muller's used to have each Christmas season.
"The depots, the oil tanks - all of those are my models. That's been a hobby of mine for over a quarter of a century. Building railroad models."
The storefront is now occupied by Vallier at Home, which gave Buckley and his friends the permission to set up the display.
"People have reunions in Lake Charles and they'll come to the Muller's building to reminiscence. They'll talk about mother, grandmother and father and what they did here. People talk about the window displays at Christmas like they were on Fifth Avenue in New York. So, we're trying to bring that back where the magic of what Christmas can be, is displayed in the windows."
You can see the trains running Wednesday through Saturday nights from 4 to 8 p.m. through Christmas. The Muller's building is located at the northeast corner of Ryan and Division streets in downtown Lake Charles.