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Mr. Allen Drucker

Wrong Allen Drucker?


Allied Hobbies

Employment History

  • Owner
    Allied Model Trains
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Web References News [cached]
The owner of Allied Hobbies, Allen Drucker, has sold the shop to new owners and is retiring after 32 years in the business.The new owners will be re-locating the shop across the street from its current location.The article detailing the history of the store and Mr. Drucker's take on the state of the model train hobby is an interesting read.Read the article here.
Allen Drucker, former owner ..., 23 May 2007 [cached]
Allen Drucker, former owner of Allied Model Trains, is shown before he sold his store after 32 years in Culver City.The store exterior is modeled after Union Station and easily one of the biggest model train stores in the country.Los Angeles Times
And fading along with it, says owner Allen Drucker, is the model train industry.
"It's just a dying hobby," said Drucker, 58."I always told myself I didn't want to be the old man running the train store."After 32 years at the miniature railroad hub, Drucker has sold to new owners, who will move the business to a smaller Art Deco-style building he owns across the street.He'll rent the Union Station look-alike to a camera shop.
With real estate values rising and competition from the Internet barking at his heels, he decided it was time to sell his business - a favorite stop for local boys and girls and train buffs for generations.
"He had a huge Lionel layout and all along the walls were shelves full of trains," said Drucker, who visited Sinatra's home several times.
"It has become increasingly more difficult to run a single store like mine in a major metropolitan area," Drucker said.
Among his challenges have been paying electric bills of $3,000 a month to help keep his display trains running and maintaining a staff big enough to look after the place.
Then there is the looky-loo hobbyist who, he said, comes in, checks out the latest model trains with powerful lights and digital sounds, but buys almost nothing.
"He says, 'Wow, I would love that.' Then he walks out of here with a tube of glue and a magazine and buys it online from some guy working out of a barn in the middle of Kansas," Drucker said.
But the real problem with the model train industry, Drucker said, is that its biggest fans are growing older and haven't been able to pass along much of their passion to the next generations.
Customer Randy Miller endures gentle mockery from his children." 'He's 55 and still playing with trains,' my daughter says. 'I think he's losing it.' "
Miller drove down to check out Allied's closing sale and walked out with $300 worth of Lionel boxcars in a big sack.He's restoring his late father's old train set and enjoying memories, recently using his skills as a machinist to restore a toy water tower his brother broke in the 1960s.
Trolleyville Times - November 2007, 1 Nov 2007 [cached]
Allen Drucker, the former owner of Allied Model Trains from 1975 until earlier this year stated in the local press that he sold the business because "I always told myself I didn't want to be the old man running the train store". We are convinced that he was already that, and had been that for some time and probably was the only one that did not know it!
Trolleyville Times - July 2007, 1 July 2007 [cached]
It is not exactly a trade secret that the former owner of Allied Model Trains, Allen Drucker, did not think much of his model railroader customers. He even stated to the Los Angeles Times recently that "...Then there is the looky-loo hobbyist who... comes in, checks out the latest model trains with powerful lights and digital sounds but buys almost nothing...". He also predicted the premature death of the entire model railroading hobby. It never once occurred to him that maybe his attitude towards and his method of dealing with customers affected his sales. Come to think of it, we never saw Allan Drucker with a smile on his face.
Six months ago, there was Allied Model Trains in a "landmark" building with "landmark" prices owned by Allen Drucker. Today, the fine building is still there but the customers of Samy's Camera will be supporting it. Model train lovers will have a new Allied Model Trains, dedicated to their needs, with new and friendly staff that will actually like most of their model railroading customers. Looks like the big change is that all that is gone is Allen Drucker and this is real hard to consider a loss to the model train loving community at all!
e-Train - TCA, Toy Trains, Train Collectors Association, 14 May 2003 [cached]
Allen Drucker (TCA 71-3974) of Allied Model Trains has informed me that less than 50 remain.
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