According to today's New York Times, 80 percent of the toys sold in the U.S. are made in China. As you probably know, there are large toy recalls currently in the news of toys made in China that are tainted by paint that contains lead. New standard gauge trains are currently being produced in the Far East and sold here. Aren't some of them manufactured in China? I wonder if any are painted with coatings that contain lead? The Times article mentions how this recall can be good for U.S. toy makers, such as Whittle Shortline Railroad, a Louisiana company that makes wooden trains for toddlers. Read the full article here...and, in the meantime, don't put any of your shiny new standard gauge trains in your mouth!