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Visit to Northlandz in January of 2010. An astonishingly large HO model railroad layout, recommended for train enthusiasts. It occupies a building the size of a large 3-story warehouse.
+ Quirky – some of the scenes are pretty amusing
+ Detailed – lots of fine work. You can spend a long time in one place, just looking at the subtleties
+ Huge – Very extensive dioramas
+ No that does not quite do it, how about "Gargantuan?"
+ No, still not right. I think this: "You’re lying. It cant be that big." – No, it is. Jaw-dropping. That link shows only part of one of maybe a dozen rooms. Plan on 90 minutes if you jog through, three hours if you take your time and enjoy it.
+ Organ music – The builder and owner, Bruce Zaccagnino, is a skilled organist and plays for visitors (I think every day) in a little theater in the middle of the building.
– Dust – Lots of it. I’m sure it’s a nightmare to clean, but it needs it. At HO scale, it’s up to the inhabitants’ ankles.
– Disrepair – Plaster landscape cracking in places. Little figures fallen over. Not too often, but enough to jar you from your reverie.
– Few trains! – When we visited most rooms were largely silent; I guess it made the trains more exciting when they did come through, but they did so rarely, and often only a handful of cars.
– Somewhat inflexible – you have one shot at moving through, then you need to buy another ticket if you want to revisit a scene. Not a big deal… except there’s only one bathroom inside at the halfway point. Remember, it’s HUGE. Know your kids’ tolerances if you go.
All in all if you like railroads (or have kids that do) you should probably see it at least once.
Accidents Will Happen When you build a Thomas Train Set at this scale. Watch the AllAboardToys.com builders put together a larger than life train set that included Cranky the Crane, The Deluxe Roundhouse, Knapford Tunnel and other Sodor landmarks. Video Rating: 4 / 5
WATCH IN HIGH QUALITY [HQ]!!! PART 2: Today, 2/3/2010, Sam and I headed over to Rick’s place to run our trains around his HUGE HO Scale Layout inside his shop. I needed to “break-in” my NEW MTH Norfolk Southern SD70M-2 so I figured this would be awesome to figure out any kinks or problems with it. Well I soon discovered that my rear Automatic Coupler wouldn’t “hook” to any cars I was forced to run my SD70M-2 Long Hood Forward “LHF”. But hey who cares? That’s how we Southern boys run ’em! And not to mention I have rear operating Ditch Lights! Consist on the Second Train near the end: NS 1701 (EMD SD45-2) Athearn NEW Genesis w/ Tsunami Sound *Mine* NS 5350 (EMD GP38-2) Athearn RTR DCC Equipped ONLY *Sam’s* NS 3214 (EMD SD40-2) High Hood Athearn RTR DCC Equipped ONLY *Mine NEW* DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT, RATE, & SUBSCRIBE to my videos!!! Ant Davis Productions Copyright 2010
WATCH IN HIGH QUALITY [HQ]!!! PART 1: Today, 2/3/2010, Sam and I headed over to Rick’s place to run our trains around his HUGE HO Scale Layout inside his shop. I needed to “break-in” my NEW MTH Norfolk Southern SD70M-2 so I figured this would be awesome to figure out any kinks or problems with it. Well I soon discovered that my rear Automatic Coupler wouldn’t “hook” to any cars I was forced to run my SD70M-2 Long Hood Forward “LHF”. But hey who cares? That’s how we Southern boys run ’em! And not to mention I have rear operating Ditch Lights! BE SURE TO CHECK OUT PART 2!!!! DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT, RATE, & SUBSCRIBE to my videos!!! Ant Davis Productions Copyright 2010
Charles Ro Supply Co, “America’s Largest Train Store”: Polar Express train on huge diorama
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Charles Ro Supply Co, "America’s Largest Train Store". Pasting from Wikipedia:
Charles Ro Supply Company
USA Trains started out as part of Charles Ro Supply Company, the biggest train store, as well as America’s largest Lionel dealer. USA Trains is a family-run business, started by father and son Charles Ro senior and junior.
Charles Ro Supply Company was established in and it started out as a beauty shop business of 4 salons with sixty hairdressers but moved into the hobby business when Charles Ro, Sr. began selling used Lionel trains at one of the storefronts in Everett, Massachusetts. In 1972 Ro started purchasing directly from Lionel to sell them mail-order. By 1980, Ro had completed Lionel’s first million dollar order. Also at this time, the company moved to a new location in Malden, Massachusetts into an old supermarket building. 
In 1982, Lionel moved production to Mexico, not producing model trains for 9 months. To make up for this, Ro began selling German-made large-scale model trains that were suitable for outdoor use. Realizing their popularity, Ro began making his own large scale model trains under the name Charles Ro Manufacturing Company. In 1989, business was moved into a new building, it’s current location, in Malden, Massachusetts with 3 storeys and over 50,000 square feet of area. Until 1995, when manufactuuring was moved offshore, USA Trains were manufactured at this new location which also served as the store.
In 1998, the GP 7/9 locomotive won Model Railroader‘s Reader’s Choice Award
The Ultimate Series line introduced in 1999 won four Reader’s Choice Awards
In 2003 , USA Train’s Jle Hudson won the 2003 Reader’s Choice Award
USA Trains claims to have the world’s largest selection of G scale rolling stock
The ultimate family home entertainment center. Conceived to be a representation of classic Americana, spanning the United States from coast to coast, this layout has something for everyone! Super-detailed buildings loaded with interiors are everywhere to be seen. Machine shops, lumber yards, even the air traffic control tower are lavished with tiny yet intricate detail. Almost all of these are personalized with names, signage, and themes of family members and close friends. Set in magnificent scenery this three-dimension miniature world is truly alive. Stop by the ball park and watch the little leaguers play an inning. Old Hanks firing up the grill. Then cruise over to the Drive-in movie with real 13 screen that plays anything you like. Grab a subway and head into the city for a touch of the night-life, or if youre driving, stop by Dirty Harrys operating car wash to spruce up the old clunker. While youre waiting take the trolley and visit the downtown shops and eateries or go people-watching at the massive Grand Station. To further delight the kids this fascinating project also includes several classic Lionel operating accessories. With the push of a button, young entrepreneurs can become instant oil or mining tycoons, just like their grandparents did Grab a pencil make a list of family and friends you want to commemorate and well help you build your own empire! See more at www.smarttinc.com
Check-out the La Mesa Model Railroad Club in San Diego, California, as we watch a BLMA Models Norfolk Southern TopGon train roll through the sweeping Tehachapi landscape. This video is to simply show an overview of this huge and impressive layout.
This was a video that Movie Mix Productions did for us a year ago during the EagleWings Open House. It shows the inside of our train building where we stage and store our trains. We then shot a Southern Pacific freight and a Santa Fe passenger in different areas of the layout. Have fun!
This is a clip of the model railroad at Wiehe/Thuringia, Germany. They say it is “the biggest model railway shown all year round in the world” … but I doubt it. It consists of several different sceneries such as European, US 0 Gauge railroad with Santa Fe, BNSF and Union Pacific F7 locos etc. Modellbahn-Großanlage in Wiehe/Thüringen. Please also watch my other model railway videos, such as this: www.youtube.com ***************** Miniatur wunderland hamburg LOX Berlin diorama scenery sceneries gleiswendel track spiral modell spur echellespoor maerklin marklin gleisplan digital diorama plan structure supply trestle trestles benchwork show track realistic design tracks hobby hornby exhibition collector collectors trix fleischmann arnold roco bachmann lifelike piko modelleisenbahnanlage train scenery layout show plan electric set toy train model scenery layout railway railroad Video Rating: 4 / 5