The oldest and longest-running train store in Los Angeles is nestled on a block of Victory Boulevard, next to tiki bar (and fellow sixties relic) the Tonga Hut. Stepping inside the Roundhouse, one enters a Los Angeles of the past. The coffee pot's always on, and free cups are offered up with an alternative choice of orange or grape Shasta sodas. Owner Alan Keesling and his brother, known only as “Uncle Bill,” dispense advice and anecdotes about the model train lifestyle. As Keesling says, “Everybody should have a hobby.”

—Molly Lambert

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