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The Original Museum of Science and Industry layout…..

 

 

 

 

The Museum and Santa Fe Railroad exhibit is one of the world's largest and most complete model train displays. The 3,000-square-foot display takes its passengers on a journey across American terrain that highlights modern railroad operations. The exhibit vividly illustrates the formative role the railway industry has played in shaping America's economy.

Notable among the railway's features:

  • The exhibit opened in 1941, and was renovated in 1988.
  • Scale: 1/4 inch to the foot or 1/48 actual size; track gauge: 1-1/4", O-gauge.
  • 1,200 feet of track run through a reconstructed setting representing the industrial Midwest, the Great Plains, the Arizona desert and Grand Canyon, and California.
  • The display includes more than eight operational trains, four of which run at any given time. Each train is pulled by a diesel locomotive and hauls as many as 15 cars. The complex choreography of the trains is managed by an intricate electronic switchboard.
  • A miniature "intermodal" facility demonstrates the interplay of highway, shop and rail transportation in modern railway operations.
  • Working plant models in the display include a cement factory, an oil field and refinery and a wash rack in the train yard.
  • Fifteen buildings and homes are wired with working electricity.

 

I ran across a video containing actual footage of the "OLD" Museum of Science and Industry layout in operation. It has no sound, but I thought you might find it interesting. .

Enjoy!!!

Windows XP version(4.4mb): http://www.angelfire.com/theforce/modeltrains/MSI_RAILS.WMV

Windows 95 version(1.9mb): http://www.angelfire.com/theforce/modeltrains/MSI_RAILS_Win95version.WMV

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