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 SOUTH
THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN 56701
The business 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, we 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. The new division was intended to be a special order model train store only but quickly developed into a full line hobby store.
In 2013 we branched out again by obtaining our FFL (Federal Firearms License). Since then, we have phased out all lawn & garden and chainsaws.
In 2017, the new Arts & Crafts section has been introduced to round out the line of hobby and craft lines in the store and with the passing of Charles in July, Edith Emmalee has taken on the business.