Welcome to the wonderful world of garden railroading! Though this fascinating hobby is over century old, it has never been more popular than it is today, and nothing can match its appeal.
It's a hobby that can involve the entire family. In the outdoor enironment the railroad is changing with the seasonsof the year, the weather, and even the time of day.
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You are faced with many of the same challenges as a full-size railroad, which is all part on a realism that nothing else can match. At this site the Garden Railroad has 3 trains lines and one of them is going completely around the house. Our beginers classe includ the folling :. Getting Started.
Choosing equipment. Planning the line.
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Lenth of courcs 2 hours. There are over 3, such buildings in the giant model. Bruce loved model trains as a kid but it wasn't until he was married that he started to build models in his basement. His hobby got so out of control he then added five extra basements to his home to house his collection until he finally raised the money to create Northlandz.
He says he has sunk 'several million' dollars into the project, which has been open to the public since He said the attraction is recognized by Guinness World Records as the biggest of its kind on the planet. Bridge and tunnel: There are about bridges and trestles throughout the giant model railway.
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Perspective: Northlandz' many spans are even more impressive when viewed from below. It has even attracted several celebrity visitors - including famed model railroad fan, rocker Rod Stewart, and Neil Young, who went to the attraction in disguise. Stewart and other stars signed a special 'celebrity wall' inside the exhibit. The path through the exhibit - spread across 16 acres - is almost one mile long.
Cross-section: This view shows the range of environs the Northlandz' trains crisscross for delighted spectators. Intricate: Northlandz, like any self-respecting town, has a theme park complete with roller coaster and other rides. People: There are lots of mini-people in Northlandz and they depend on the trains. Visitors are told at the beginning it will take at least two hours to make their way through the whole thing. Just this past weekend, Elaine Silets of the Greater Chicago area opened up her personal 10 acres of model train-filled estate gardens.
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She does so once a year as a charity event and this time around she greeted about 6, visitors. Evolving: Zaccagnino began Northlandz some 35 years ago. It started in his basement and eventually moved to its own building where it continues to evolve. World inside a world: Northlandandz' citizens take in the sights along with the bigger visitors to the New Jersey attraction. Richard Scary eat your heart out: A busy train yard hints at Northlandz frenetic daily life.
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Spans: Northlandz boasts some bridges for its model trains to cross. Ingenuity meets ingenuity: A pit mine is seen in the 52, facility.
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