Remember the story about Railroads On Parade? CitiBank used to sponsor a Christmas exhibit then it went to Pottersville, New York.
Visitors to Railroads on Parade love examine the intricate model train displays and cityscapes crafted by award-winning set designer Clarke Dunham. While it was expected that the displays were to be dismantled due to an auction Nov. 11 to pay off the venue’s debt, an agreement was reached between Clarke and Barbara Dunham and an investor to keep the displays intact and the venue open
Dunham said that he might pursue buying the Railroads on Parade property — which he now leases.
#He’ll also be seeking a waiver from state building code that mandates that a sprinkler system be fully charged, which prevents the museum from staying open past mid-November due to potential pipe freeze-ups.
#Dunham said he’d like to keep Railroads on Parade open year-round, which would likely include a Christmas display.
A New York Times article in September which publicized the pending closure of Railroads on Parade and described the intricate, enchanting layouts helped in securing the museum’s future, Dunham said. The article attracted thousands of extra visitors — hailing from all over the northeast U.S. and Canada as well as from Europe — until the venue shut its doors in mid-October, Dunham said. During that time, the traffic at the museum doubled, raising $39,000 which is vital in the venue’s pending resurrection, Dunham said.
Lucius Riccio, the former Commissioner of Transportation for New York City, will be organizing the fundraising through Kickstart.com, Dunham continued. Riccio is a long-time fan of Dunham’s award-winning set designs and displays.
Anybody know how close to a “real” railroad? All I know about Pottersville is it REALLY in the boonies!
#To obtain news on the status of the museum or for updates on the crowd-funding effort, see: RailroadsOnParade.com or dunhamstudios.com.
Buried away “somewhere” near Grand Central is the Metro-North Railroad Operations Center. Not only did it replace a half-dozen signal towers in and around Grand Central Terminal, but it controls the three main lines: Poughkeepsie, Brewster and New Haven PLUS all those smaller lines like New Canaan. Quite an undertaking.
Yes I know they are not perfect yet, but they are trying.
One of the best sources of pictures and articles about the Operations Center is an independent WebSite called I Ride The Harlem Line. They even cover night-time operations.
A little about “ I Ride The Harlem Line”
My name is Emily, though I am known by many who ride the train simply as Cat Girl, for the hats I customarily wear during the winter time. I am a graphic designer, a Metro North train rider, and a person that has always been interested in history. For the past 4 years I’ve been a regular commuter, though I’ve been a Harlem Line rider all my life. This site is a collection of my usually train-related thoughts, observations, photographs, and travels, as well as my never-ending hunt for intriguing historical artifacts.
In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools. The Senate censured Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, whose scowling rants about Communist subversion had prompted witch hunts. The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville advised a skinny young truck driver named Elvis Presley to stay behind the wheel.
And a baby-blue railroad bridge was changing the landscape between Manhattan and the Bronx. By its completion a couple of years later, it would ease the ride for suburbanites commuting to Cheever country and long-haul passengers reveling in the red-carpet treatment on the Twentieth Century Limited, a train so famous that it played a supporting role in the Alfred Hitchcock classic “North by Northwest.”
Now the bridge is getting considerably more than a face-lift — a top-to-bottom overhaul that has a price tag of $47.2 million and involves installing new cables to raise and lower the 340-foot-long track sections. Also scheduled are a new electrical control system, new wiring and new power-supply equipment for the third rail on the tracks.
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