Meier & Frank Department Store, Portland, Oregon
By Terry Cornelius
I remember going into the Meier and Frank department store in Portland. Oregon each holiday season to see the toys in Santaland on the 10th floor, and especially the toy trains. I cannot remember the exact display setup, but they had trains in a window on the street floor and a larger layout up in the toy department. The toy department had a monorail train that went around the ceiling perimeter and riding in that monorail, you could look down and see all the toys on display. I was a Flyer guy and disdained Lionel.
One Christmas as we viewed the trains at the M&F store one of my folks snuck off and bought me a passenger loading accessory. In my youthful fervor I ripped open the package Christmas eve and in shock I exclaimed "this is a passenger train station - I have a freight train". Boy oh boy, what an ingrate I was.
Toy Department Monorail