The Museum of Science and Industry has a model train display that is really much more than just a train layout. It is about transportation, and how the railroads move goods from place to place.
The fact that it is beautifully crafted, with scale large sections of Chicago and Seattle and the industries , plains, mountains etc in between, makes it a modelers must see if you are in Chicago.
The buildings in Chicago are true to the sections of the city that is being modeled. Two times an hour there is a short night segment to show the display in that setting.
Of course along the way showing double stack containers, mountain bridges and peaks, not to mention some human interest in a stream
UP in the mountains
Finally ending up in downtown Seattle including the docks.
Visited the Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago this past weekend, to see their terrific HO model railroad exhibit, from Chicago through the plains, the rocky mountains, and ending up in Seattle.
I will put shots of the exhibit up in future posts, but this one to one scale Empire State Express greets you at the beginning.
Empire State Express
Closeup of Driver
Empire State Express Driver
As a photographer, I am starting to look at sections of the in progress layout to work up into completed photographs of scenes, looking to do this in different weather scenarios, time of day, etc. I will put up several in the next few posts and then later I’ll recall them and the finished photographs.
View across main line and siding to town
Using several kinds of lighting including woodland scenics Just Plug, strips of long reel leds
as well as some 12-16 volt incandescent Veissmann gas lamps.
Wires for town site
Rigging bus bars and Just Plug light hub to a couple of mini plugs [added later) so the access section can be removed if needed with little trouble.
under the town section wiring in progress
Here is the FA2 and FB2 with their shells off.
Proto 200 FA2 and FB2
Will put up additional shots of the finished installation once completed. There is room in the B unit for a speaker where the cab appears in the A unit. They used the same chassis for both.
Finishing the highway underpass leading out of town. I added led lighting and safety railings, as I have made the sidewalks higher above the road surface.
self adhesive LED strip light and connector
Here the railings have been added and some random trash added. (might add more later)
almost ready to install
View from road under the bridge showing lights, railing and a poster on the wall
Under the bridge
Will add a wall surface from sidewalk to the Road before installing the underpass
Needed to have risers at different angle than the standard 2, 3 or 4% for replacing lead up to bridge and overpass.
removing old risers on Bridge lead
Cutting risers lightly glued to board on band saw.
cutting on band saw
Ready to install.
Continuing town Building with concrete pad and wiring for soon to be Gulf Gas Station
Gulf Station in progress
Here is a general view of the layout, more detailed views coming soon. Working on several areas, including the Town and Logging area as well as the Yard.
Visiting in Vermont and Adirondack area of New York and came across this beautifully painted 60 some year old ElectroMotive BL2.
Painted for the Saratoga and North Creek Railway in a scheme reminiscent of the D&H.
That’s the Hudson River behind the engine above