MOOERS - After 60 hours of labor, Michael Deneault can now see his passion circling his store every day.
Deneault began assembling a wooden track made of hardwood flooring back in October, which would become a railway for his model train set.
"I always liked trains," said Deneault.
After seeing a model train set in a store downstate, Deneault decided to make his own, which he could put in his store, L & M Convenience Store.
"There's nothing around [here] like that," he said. "I like to be the first one."
Although the train will remain in the store year-round, Deneault wanted to make sure it was complete by the holiday season. He succeeded, having it finished the week before Thanksgiving.
Now, he sees people coming in daily to look at the train set, which is one 110 feet of track around the bakery section of the store.
"I had a kid who came in the second day probably, when we had it going," recalled Deneault. "The kid didn't want to leave. His mom said, 'Would you shut the train down so I can get him out of here?'"
Deneault has seen many other kids react the same way, with one realizing he wanted his grandmother to buy him a train set for Christmas.
"I did this mostly for the kids," he said. "I enjoy it myself. I have a lot of older people who enjoy it."
Deneault added he's seen a lot of older men come into the store, who recall their own train sets from their childhood.
What's unique about the train set, besides the fact it can pull 20 boxcar attachments, is what is written on the boxcars. Deneault explained all of the businesses they purchase goods from for the store, have the opportunity to take one of the boxcars and put their logo or business name on it.
"I bought the train and then I bought the boxcars ... for the salesmen," said Deneault. "The people we buy from ... It's free advertising for them."