Train store celebrates 80 years

Posted at 3:10 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 18:27:49-04

For decades, at 8106 Maple Street, inside a small store is where model hobbyists have found a home.

The House of Trains is celebrating its 80th birthday.

It's a big honor, says owner David Mrsny.

"Dave is a super nice guy. Very nice, very friendly, always willing to help you out," said longtime customer Chad Steffens.

"I've learned a lot about them over the last 40 years," Mrsny said.

Before David Mrsny came into the business, it was his grandpa Leonard's. Leonard Mrsny worked with an Omaha streetcar company in 1936 when he began his mail order model train business.

"In the 80's he wanted to retire, so we bought the business," David said.

In that time the store has survived one location move, expanding for Maple to be widened, and a lot of technology progress.

"There's a lot of stuff that is all computer controlled and it's got digital. The locomotives will have little digital decoders in them," David Mrsny said.

A lot has changed, and likely will continue to change as time moves down the track, but one thing remains constant for David Mrsny: his way of doing business.

"Being honest. You can't be dishonest about stuff," he said.

Weekend model train show:
June 4 & 5, 2016
Train and Toy Show
Ralston Arena
7300 Q Street, Ralston, NE