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Found: A Secret Warehouse Full of Toy Trains

Trains, trains, and more trains.

One of the many, many trains found in the warehouse.
One of the many, many trains found in the warehouse. Screenshot via KXTV

Tom Gibson was working as a milkman when he started collecting trains; he bought his first set from one of his milk customers. Later in life, he was able to turn his hobby into a profession, when he opened Teddies and Trains, a toy store, in Sacramento.

Gibson’s own train collection was extensive. But his family had no idea exactly how large it was until after he died of a rare blood disease and they went to his warehouse.

“We knew he had a warehouse, we just didn’t know how big the collection was until we opened it up,” his daughter told local station KXTV.

Gibson’s train warehouse was giant—about the size of a basketball court, according to KXTV—and full of trains, dating all the way back to the 1900s. Many of the pieces were still in boxes and are now for sale: Gibson’s family didn’t inherit the train collecting gene. For anyone who loves model trains, though, the warehouse could be a treasure trove.