Popular Train Series Pulls Into the Station for the Last Time

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Â?I Love Toy Trains, The Final ShowÂ? is available direct-to-DVD September 20, 2005 from TM Books & Video.

Fifteen videos. Almost 2 million copies sold. An impressive collection of rave reviews and awards from national media and parenting associations. The I Love Toy Trains series has become a stand-out in the highly competitive children’s video market and now adds one last title to its library – I Love Toy Trains, The Final Show -- arriving on DVD and VHS September 20, 2005 for a suggested retail price of $14.95 for the DVD and $12.95 for the VHS.

The 55-minute I Love Toy Trains, The Final Show features marvelous live-action scenes of both real and toy trains, educational segments, and funny toy train bloopers – all set to whimsical original songs by award-winning composer James Coffey. Hosted by 12-year-old Jeff McComas, this delightful video is one that kids, grownups and grandparents will love!

In The Final Show, engineers of all ages will:

·    Learn about Richard Kughn, a.k.a “Little Richie,” the Detroit real estate developer who, as a child, dreamed of one day owning the Lionel Train Company. While he was making his fortune building some of the largest shopping centers in the country, Lionel became available. In 1985, Little Richie’s dream became reality as his offer to purchase Lionel was accepted and Kughn became the new owner of Lionel Trains.

·    Enjoy watching an intricate HO layout being built, step-by-step.

·    Be introduced to the first Freedom Train, The Spirit of 1776, which traveled to 26 cities from 1947 to 1949 in celebration of the end of WWII. Carried aboard were such icons as the Mayflower Compact, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and George Washington’s copy of the Constitution.

·    Marvel at a whimsical Lego layout, where everything, including the trains, are made of Legos.

·    Take a look back at the series’ best moments, including the gorgeous Southern Pacific Daylight streaming around a curve, hilarious bloopers, and beautiful, incredibly detailed toy train layouts.

·    Visit TM Books & Videos’ studios and see where all the fun and thrills are filmed.

·    Join Jeff as looks back on his role as host, which started when he was six-years-old. Watch him grow up right before your eyes!

James Coffey’s soundtrack of playful, light-hearted original songs once again sets the perfect mood for railroad enthusiasts. Fascinated by the many musical genres and styles growing up, Coffey began exploring them all, eventually adapting them into his own unique compositions. Having left his 12-year music education career behind, Coffey has since become one of the most renowned composers of children’s music, working on many of TM’s productions.

Also to be released September 20 is Oh No!, highlighting toy train misadventures -- behind-the scenes bloopers, blunders, outtakes and mishaps that have occurred during production of the popular I Love Toy Trains series. The 55-minute Oh No! features whimsical, original songs also by James Coffey, mixed with hilarious bloopers. Wall-to-wall, side-splitting laughs from the milkman missing the mark, barrels behaving badly and a reluctant ROCKET on the rocket launcher. OH No! is rompishly entertaining and will be available for a suggested retail price of $14.95 for the DVD and $12.95 for the VHS.

I Love Toy Trains, The Final Show and Oh No! are lively, entertaining finales to one of the most widely successful children’s video series. For more information visit http://www.tmbooks-video.com. For a free TM catalog, please call 1-800-892-2822.

About TM Books & Video

TM Books & Video has been producing quality family entertainment since 1974, and is licensed by Caterpillar, Lionel, and John Deere to produce children’s videos. Their best-selling I Love Toy Trains has won several awards and gained national exposure in People, USA Today, network and cable television, and numerous hobby and library journals. The company has released over 100 titles, including series on big machines, trains, cowboys and the Celebrity series featuring the toy train layouts of Frank Sinatra, Tom Snyder and Mandy Patinkin. Producer Tom McComas’ appearance on the Tom Snyder Show generated the largest viewer response in the show’s history. He has since been featured in numerous national publications including New York Magazine, USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. He is co-author of the definitive work on Lionel trains and is considered a leading expert on toy trains. Together with Joe Stachler, cameraman, editor, and writer, who joined TM’s production team in 1995, McComas produced Lionel’s 100th Anniversary special for PBS. Current productions include a video on the train exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

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