Thursday, May 10, 2012

On a major personal anniversary, another model train visit (Choo Choo Barn in PA)

Today, I visited the Choo-Choo Barn in Strasburg, PA.  It appears from my records that the visit was one year to the date of a similar visit to Roadside America (and on a long anniversary of an important personal incident years ago).

This model railroad, O-scale, is not quite as large as Roadside America, but may be more complex “topologically”.  The space is shaped like an L (that is, like Florida), rather than a rectangle.  There seem to be only two tracks that circle most of the property, and one of them is quite mysteriously tunneled.  The Amtrak train ran around one of them, and I swear I thought I saw it change directions.  I don’t know how they could do this (a figure-8?)

 The layout has a model of the Strasburg railroad tourist attraction in the middle of one side.

Strangely, there are lots of models of police cars and fire engines answering calls.

There's also a quarry, which is not quite as vulgar as mountaintop-removalk. 

One of the main attractions is a three-ring Circus.  Another is an Amish barn raising.

There are three main “towns”, one a mid 50’s place with a parade, one that is futuristic with a monorail, and another, on the other leg of the L, with the main passenger station and a gas station making fun of prices.
There’s a ski resort, and a model of a Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnel (and the remaining tunnels may be in danger).

There are various shops nearby, and one of them had a small model railroad with a simulated Mobius effect, which raises some sci-fi ideas (like a representation of time travel). 

Anyone in the mood for Arthur Honneger's "Pacific 231"?

As for the personal anniversary mentioned above, on May 10, 1978, I did see Lanford Wilson's post-Vietnam play "The Fifth of July" off-off-Broadway. 

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