Lone Star Trains & Collectibles started in the early 1990's when Clay's father,
Don, decided to sell off duplicates from his growing train collection one weekend in
December. The sale went so well, they did it again. And again.
Soon, Clay was traveling to a train show somewhere in Texas and surrounding
states almost every weekend. Soon, Clay's future wife Lisa joined the road
crew. This train show business eventually grew so out of control that Clay and Lisa
opened up a retail brick and mortar store in San Antonio. Don retired,
and Clay and Lisa continued attending shows, running the retail operation and selling
via mail order. “Lonestartrains” was one of the earliest sellers of
trains on Ebay.
After 12 years of retail, Clay and Lisa moved the entire operation--which had
grew to include a 5600 square foot store--to a mail order
only business. Today, Lone Star Trains is located at Iron Horse Farm in East Texas
and operates as a full time mail order business that sales direct mail order,
as well as on Ebay and Amazon.
As you can see, Clay and Lisa have a long history in the train and toy business,
starting with weekend train shows, then running a retail brick and mortar for
twelve years, and now selling largely on-line and by phone to customers old and new.
You do not stay in business for over two decades by making people unhappy or
treating folks unfairly.
Clay and Lisa have been involved with the highly respected national organization
the Train Collectors Association for many years. In fact, Clay served as a chapter
president for a record 10 years before being elected the Secretary-Treasurer of the
Lone Star Division.
Because of our extensive history in the field, we have a wide knowledge base
that allows us to have interest in everything from Thomas the Tank Engine to a railroad
key to an old wind up toy to a Lionel standard gauge engine to a DCC equipped