Chimera Hobby & Games
Al’s Repair Inc. / A&E Railroad
Founded in 1969 by Alfred Ray Kimbrough
Currently owned and operated by:
Edith E. Kimbrough
on Highway 32 S. by the Dairy Queen
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Al’s Repair Inc. was founded in 1969 by Al Kimbrough as a small engine repair shop. He gradually expanded it to include sales and service of chain saws, outboards, lawn mowers and small engines.
In 1977 Charles Kimbrough retired from the navy and came into the business. In 1978 we introduced computers into our operation for inventory control. Then in 1983, he formed the Computer Division to sell and service computers and accessories.
In 1988 Al died, and Charles continued the business. 1992 marked a new direction for Al’s Repair Inc. with the formation of the A&E Railroad, a division of Al’s Repair Inc. The new division was intended to be a special order model train store only but quickly developed into a full line model train hobby store.
In 2013 he branched out again by obtaining a FFL (Federal Firearms License). Since then, he had phased out all lawn & garden and chainsaws and the servicing thereof.
In 2017, Games & Gaming was introduced in the store, and with the passing of Charles in July, his daughter, Edith has taken on the business, renaming A&E Railroad to Chimera Hobby & Games to better reflect the diversity found inside the store.