December, 2009 visit to the Rochester, NY PAL Model Railroad Heaven – The Edgerton Model Train Room. This is the Spring layout – the second to the left as you enter the room from the “Observation” platform. The backdrop has been preserved, but the layout was completely revamped about 25 years ago with GarGraves trackage donated by GarGraves Trackage Corporation, a Rochester based company since the 1940’s(Factory & Showroom now in Alton/North Rose, NY – Wayne County). The tracks & trains coming from the left are coming from the Winter diorama. The Winter scene was originally all on a level higher than the other 3 scenes, and while that level is all still there, loops of track from both Fall & Spring make their way through the lower level of Winter now and there is a connector track to Spring’s new(~25 years ago) upper level. 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.
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