Back from Timonium GSMTS and ready to test and figure out my control panel for the yard
Excited to see what I can do with the Berrett Hill Touch Toggles. Will need another 8 pack to complete the whole panel, maybe even an 8 and a 4 pack
The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture museum in North Adams Mass. 83,000 square feet with 40 foot ceilings to accommodate 35 foot tall Empire State Building.
The article can be accessed here Extreme Model Railroad and Architecture Museum
Just a few more examples of the things on view at Steamtown national historic site
In an ongoing summer of visiting railroad related sites, we visited Steamtown national Historic site in Scranton PA. run by the national park service. A lot of very interesting trains and exhibits. I’ll post more in a future post, but thought this cool cutaway of a steam engine showing the firebox, Boiler, smokebox and cylinder, was a good introduction.
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
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.
Closeup of Driver
Always a treat to attend the GSMTS, in Timonium Md at the Maryland state fair grounds. Held Sat and Sun, Oct 25th & 26th at the 3-1/2 acre Cow Palace. – http://gsmts.com
Some of my favorite dealers to visit,
Part of Scenic Express Display
Sorry Greenway products was not there as they always have lots of interesting and unusual detail items, and good buys on things like Classic metal works vehicles
If you are ever in Philadelphia, it is worth a visit to the Morris Arboretum in the Chestnut Hill section of the city.
It is a wonderful garden experience as well as a terrific garden railroad, that winds under shrubs, trees and has many bridges, including one that passes overhead. There must be 8 or 10 trains running at once as well as Hill climbing geared cars.
It is open during warm weather, from approx April to October and then Holiday themed trains running from Thanksgiving until Jan 2nd.
The buildings are constructed of natural materials (pine cones, bark, reeds, branches etc. and are of historical buildings from the Philadelphia area. For the Holidays the houses are decorated with lights, garlands, candles, wreaths,etc.
Always nice to see the Kids eyes at a train show like the Greenberg’s show I just attended at the Philadelphia Expo center at Oaks PA. Especially the Large G Scale layout they had set up with large lit Christmas trees in the center next to a mountain. Also always fun to see the Phila Ntrack modular layout, especially the modules by Alan Schappel.
The show is of course different than The Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium MD, which is more serious in keeping with a scale presentation and having more manufacturers and custom model makers, but this is close to Christmas, and seeing the kids in their own fantasy world is a great time too.