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弗吉尼亚儿童博物馆 (Children's Museum of Virginia) 内的兰开斯特玩具及火车收藏品 (Lancaster Toy and Train Collection)
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什么会比一座充满玩具的博物馆更有趣呢?

兰开斯特 (A.J. "Junie" Lancaster) 及他的妻子缪得莉 (Mildred) 拥有相当多的玩具及火车收集品,他们想要与他人分享这份收集品。因此他们将它捐赠给位在朴次茅斯 (Portsmouth) 的弗吉尼亚儿童博物馆。这份收集品包含了2,000多个玩具及火车,价值超过100万美元!现在,老老少少都能享受Tonka玩具、模型汽车、Buddy L卡车、救火车和锡铁铸玩具。另外,这项收集品也包括马戏团玩具,即内有生动有趣的马戏团团员、空中飞人及马戏场马车的马戏团帐篷。

然而,大多数的收集品都是模型火车,博物馆展有各种类型的火车,如:各种不同尺寸的莱诺 (Lionel) 、威廉斯 (Williams) 及韦弗 (Weaver) 。参观者能把头伸入一个明亮的圆盖内,并以360度的角度观赏在展览区轧轧前进的火车,他们甚至能手动操作火车的操纵装置。

参观者也可趁机学习铁路安全知识、建造及收集铁路模型的乐趣、铁路的历史及铁路对美国发展的重要性



What could be more fun than a museum full of toys?

A.J. "Junie" Lancaster and his wife, Mildred, had a sizable toy and train collection, which they wanted to share with others. So they donated it to the Children's Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth. The collection contains more than 2,000 toys and trains worth about $1 million! Now, young and old can enjoy Tonka toys, model cars, Buddy L trucks, fire trucks, and tin windup and cast iron toys. The collection also includes circus toys -- circus tents filled with colorful circus figures, trapeze artists, and circus wagons.

The majority of the collection, however, is dedicated to model trains. All types of trains -- Lionel, Williams, and Weaver in many different sizes -- are on display. Visitors can pop their heads up into a clear dome and get a 360-degree look at the trains as they chug around the exhibit area. They can even work the trains' controls.

Visitors also learn about railroad safety, the fun of model railroading and collecting, the history of railroads, and the railroads' importance to the development of the United States.

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