Original Museum of Science and Industry
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:
exhibit opened in 1941, and was renovated in 1988.
1/4 inch to the foot or 1/48 actual size; track gauge: 1-1/4",
feet of track run through a reconstructed setting representing the
industrial Midwest, the Great
Plains, the Arizona desert and Grand
Canyon, and California.
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.
miniature "intermodal" facility
demonstrates the interplay of highway, shop and rail transportation in
modern railway operations.
plant models in the display include a cement factory, an oil field and
refinery and a wash rack in the train yard.
buildings and homes are wired with working electricity.
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. .
XP version(4.4mb): http://www.angelfire.com/theforce/modeltrains/MSI_RAILS.WMV
95 version(1.9mb): http://www.angelfire.com/theforce/modeltrains/MSI_RAILS_Win95version.WMV
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