For an economy in the crapper there are some major, major dollars getting spent at a train auction today. Not many bargains to be had in standard gauge.
Plus I have to believe that if Jehu Garelick thought his little toy would sell for over $40k, he'd probably have made more!
PS $40k in 1895 dollars is $1,018,879.61. Guess the spirit of invention doesn't die and some people just get paid for it REALLY late.