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World-class train display planned for Pottersville

Town of Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe said Dunham has a "great plan," and he is well-qualified to make his enterprise a reality, considering his proven track record as a Tony-nominee Broadway set designer - and the fact that Dunham's existing layouts elsewhere have attracted millions of visitors.

"I think this is super - Dunham's enterprise has the potential for a huge economic impact not only for the town of Chester, but for all of northern Warren County," Monroe said. "We're going to be doing everything we can to help make it happen."

Dunham said his Railroad on Parade will likely have a dramatic impact on Pottersville, predicting it will prompt the development of galleries and a museum of local history.

His four layouts to be housed in the Pottersville exposition is to include a replica of the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City stretching over a replica of the Pottersville hamlet. This 90-foot display includes a towering curved railway mountain trestle spanned by three looming bridges and features trains traveling at three levels.

The second display is a 750-square foot exhibit of miniature model railroads depicting New York City and Hudson River Valley scenes housed in a replica of a Victorian train station, complete with 30 automated trains traversing the exhibit at different levels.

The third display depicts the 1939 World's Fair, complete with the event's original Railroads on Parade diorama with its "dancing locomotives."

The fourth display, titled Park Avenue, features New York City's subway system with trains running under Park Avenue - featuring a Manhattan cityscape complete with a traffic jam - to Grand Central Station.

Dunham's plans call for the front of the existing Pottersville building and its interior front lobby to be fashioned after a Victorian train station.

The lobby is to include a retail shop featuring train memorabilia, model railroad kits, and souvenirs including engineer's hats as well as Adirondack-themed items.

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