World-class train display planned for Pottersville

Dunham has developed a marketing plan that includes reaching out to Adirondack tourists as well as train enthusiasts nationally. He proposes teaming up with other regional destinations, accommodations, and tour operators to set up package deals that have proven successful for other area venues.

Dunham said his plans have been well received by investors, townspeople and noted train enthusiasts.

"The enthusiasm for Railroads on Parade is amazing," he said. "The way people have come together for this project is absolutely outstanding."

One of those on board is North Warren Chamber of Commerce president Barbara Thomas.

"Clarke Dunham's plan blows everybody away - this would be so awesome," she said. "It's so fortunate we have someone with his credentials right here in our back yard."

Dunham and Parisi both said Railroads on Parade would dovetail well with Iowa Pacific's recent proposal to ramp up the Warren County's railroad into a full operation with dome cars, ski trains and tourist excursions.

"Everybody up here has been struggling for years, and its amazing things are now turning around so quickly," Dunham said.

Now, Dunham already has a modest train diorama set up in the railway's terminal, the Depot Museum in North Creek.

Dunham said he was eager to get his new Pottersville train exposition off the ground.

"There would have to be some kind of earthquake for this not to happen," he said.

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