Category Archives: model railroads or communities

Another train video outside New York City; bore that tunnel!

On the way to a meeting in Asbury Park NJ on President’s Day (a long day trip), I took this video (which I have not edited) of a New Jersey Transit train going through town, near the gay bar Georgie’s.

All this reminds he of the urgency for the Port Authority to bore another tunnel under the Hudson River into Manhattan.  And despite all the talk on infrastructure, the Trump administration seems to be balking on it.

(Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 12 noon)

Dulles Airport Model Train Show, Christmas 2017

Today I visited the Greenberg Train Show for Christmas at the Dulles Convention Center.

There were three main layouts and they did not seem to be as interesting to me in terms of complexity of the model communities offered as in the past.

Nevertheless, I made light of it on Facebook as the small towns presented made up Trump’s “base”.




There were many exhibitors and items for sale. One person was selling train paintings and objected to photography by another person.  That’s a warning to bloggers:  sometimes photographs of art work might be copyright infringement, particularly if the artist actually intends to make a living selling the items.

(Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 5:30 PM EST)

Roads and Rails Museum in Frederick MD creates a Rama world

I visited the little “Road and Rails” Museum in Frederick, MD today, on East Street (MD 85 which you get on from I-270 4 miles east of the main US 15 turnoff for Gettysburg, PA).  There is a parking lot behind the building, hard to see.

The main layout is an 850-square-foot space (the size of a one-bedroom apartment) with an interior.  On the south end there is a huge volcano peak. There is farmland, suburbs (one little mountain), a big city, then a northern mountain section with a range that runs south-north with a couple more rails on top.  On the east side there is an “old west” canyon;  on the west side there are circuses and othr roadside attractions. There is one small town on the NW corner.

Imagine if you went to live in this community as a Lilliputian for your afterlife.




The layout reminds me of Choo-Choo Barn in Strasburg, OA and Roadside America, on I-78 west of Reading PA.

(Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:15 PM EDT)

Below: Fort Dietrick


Model railroad kingdoms at the Roundhouse Museum Hagerstown MD

Today I re-visited the Roundhouse Museum and model railroading club in Hagerstown MD.

There is a large scale layout (so smaller simulated space) downstairs, and two larger layouts upstairs.  One of the layouts is under scenery construction.

But the layout on the right is one of the more intricate I have ever seen (outside of Roadside America and ChooChoo Barn in PA)   There are essentially three sections and some underground tunnels. There is a lot of industry, even coal.  It sounds like Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again”.  But we have to focus on sustainability, too.








(Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 7:15 PM EDT)