By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Charles Mozingo knows his Lionel trains. In fact, he knows Lionel, period. Since 1988, he and his wife Connie have collected thousands of Lionel trains and other Lionel merchandise, from chemistry sets to compasses.
"It got to be a little bit of a treasure hunt," he said.
The two travel to a few auctions a year in different parts of the country to fill holes in their collection. The Mozingos collected so many pieces that they started displaying them in vacant bays at their Sunoco station in Sharpsburg. About three months ago, they moved the display and opened a model train store called The Train Room about a block from the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum on South Burhans Boulevard.
"We just sort of outgrew that place," he said.
The Train Room is split into two parts - a train store and a museum. The museum, which has about 3,000 pieces of trains and other memorabilia, costs $2.50 for adults and is free for children under 12. Mozingo spent about four months building a two-level, four-track display for the center of the museum.