Two open-sided tents, a pond stocked with Long Island ducks, and a variety
of railroad exhibits give this display the air of an old-fashioned fair. The
railroad exhibits come in all sizes: visitors can board a real locomotive cab
and an observation car, take a ride around the exhibit area in a miniature train
or view an elaborate scale model train layout in operation.
Tour of the Tents.
In one of the tents, HO-gauge model trains run continuously on a 1-foot by
50-foot relief model of Long Island. The map has models of more than 30
historic, recreational and scenic points of interest, including Jones Beach,
Montauk Lighthouse, Kennedy Airport and Theodore Roosevelt's home, Sagamore
Hill. The other tent has showcase displays from the four counties that make
up Long Island: Kings (Brooklyn) and Queens, which are part of New York
City, and Nassau and Suffolk, which are not. (CD #35 Set 179 #7)
A Tower and a
Windmill. Through the glass walls of a switching tower, visitors can
observe the intricate process of routing trains entering and leaving the
Long Island Rail Road's nearby World's Fair station. A replica of a
weathered windmill serves as the railroad's center for tour and timetable
information; it also has souvenirs for sale. (CD #10 Set 50 #62A)
Little Train Ride.
The miniature train carries adults and children around the landscaped
one-acre exhibit area. (CD #20 Set 106 #12)
The miniature train is still
giving rides today. Located at the
Railroad Museum of Long
Island facility in Riverhead, the train had been used by the Grumman
Aircraft Corporation for rides at company picnics before being acquired by
the museum. A new engine was installed during the Grumman days, leading to a
different configuration of the locomotive.
Here is a
video showing the train in operation in 2012:
Guests could get their
pictures taken in this diesel engine cab or on a vintage private train car.
(CD #10 Set 50 #64)
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