Rochester’s PAL Model Railroad Heaven – The Edgerton Lionel Train Layouts – Summer, 1950 View

December, 2009 visit to the Rochester, NY PAL Model Railroad Heaven – The Edgerton Model Train Room. This is the Summer layout – first on the left as you enter the room from the “Observation” platform. While many of the scenic elements have been preserved from initial 1950 construction, the track plan has been updated into a multi-level over-under arrangement replacing what was once a more open yard area. The track is now K-Line Shadow Rail O Gauge with the new style low-profile Super Snap switches/machines. Maury Klein of K-Line Electric Trains donated track and switches for the first major overhaul of the Summer & Winter layouts about 25 years ago. This newer K-Line trackage is reportedly a gift from Lionel when they acquired K-Line’s inventory at the time Kader took over and licensed K-Line to Lionel. The Polar Express is traversing the scene in this video. These Layouts were prominently profiled in the Lionel / Bantam books of the 1950’s in the chapter titled “Model Railroading As A Civil Project”, and the story of their construction by the Police Athletic League is detailed in those pages. Lionel was the supplier of the all of the train equipment at that time. All four layouts, Summer, Fall, Winter, & Spring, represent landscapes in/around the Rochester area. The original backdrops have all been preserved and worked in to the layout updates.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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