World’s Largest Model Train Display?

Thlis week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer my column dealt with one of the biggest model train displays I have ever seen. 

Here is part of the story………

The year 2011 may be remembered as the beginning of what could become a major tourist attraction for the city of Mentor in Lake County.

The Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum is up and running in its new home, the former Tow Motor Plant on Justin Way.

They claim to have the largest model train display in the entire world.  There are literally thousands of miniature train cars representing every size imaginable, from tiny “Z” gauge to the giant “G” gauge Garden Scale circling, starting and stopping on a layout that covers over nineteen thousand square feet. That compares to about the size of four basketball courts.  And listen to this.  The admission to this wonderful attraction is free.

According to the curator, Rick Montgomery, the toy trains are just the tip of the iceberg.  The museum also owns real, full-size railroad cars, including one that was once used by former U. S. President Dwight Eisenhower.  “We also have 80 acres available to us adjacent to the museum,” Montgomery said, “Plenty of room to grow even larger.”………

……..You can read the rest of the story in the Saturday, January 22nd edition of the Plain Dealer or on line at their website,

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