POTTERSVILLE The world-class museum of model trains complete with lavish million-dollar layouts opened for its second season May 12, and the attraction boasts a new featured diorama.
"Railroads on Parade," a model train museum launched by the internationally acclaimed set designer Clarke Dunham and his wife Barbara, now features a 140-square-feet scale model of railroads on Prince Edward Island.
The new layout joins several other massive, award-winning layouts, with cityscapes crafted in intricate, realistic detail.
The “Railroads on Parade” museum has been lauded as a major new development in northern Warren County that is expected to boost tourism and bolster the local economy. The venue opens for its season Saturday May 12.
Dunham is the creator of the famed Citicorp train display in New York City as well as extensive model train layouts in Cincinnati, Chicago, Omaha and Williamsburg, Va. that have been viewed by more than 5 million people, and have been hailed as national attractions.
The new Prince Edward Island layout now in Pottersville was originally commissioned by a wealthy New York City financier for his family’s weekend retreat. Clarke, Barbara and their staff spent more than 2500 hours creating the layout.
This new Prince Edward Island exhibit contains 52 buildings, several of which are exact small scale replicas of original buildings. Meticulously replicated are lighthouses and the Anne of Green Gables house complemented by a myriad of other detailed other structures.
In total, the museum’s computer-controlled displays incorporate more than fifty trains and trolleys, 2,500 feet of track, hundreds of scale model buildings and thousands trees.
In a press release, Clarke Dunham said the painstaking work in designing the displays gave them an unmatched quality of realism.
“In these exhibits we were able to develop a complete perspective effect creating a total visual link with the backdrops regardless of where you stand as an observer and in which the buildings and scenery actually diminish in perspective size as well,” he said. “It’s an amazing result.”
Railroads on Parade includes a retail shop featuring train memorabilia, model railroad kits, and souvenirs including engineer's hats as well as Adirondack-themed items.
See: www.RailroadsOnParade for details including hours open to the public.