Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Here's a pic from the outside of Roadside America in Shartlesville, PA. I have included the link to their website although it isn't that exciting. I will post some pics this week.
If you haven't been to Roadside America - unless your spouse likes trains, drop him/her off at the Antique Store on the same road.
If you like trains, regardless of gauge, this place will leave your jaw on the floor. I have never seen a layout as extensive or sophisticated as this. I know they exist but this one is just over the top. It really is something to see, the word "incredible" doesn't do it justice.
By the way, there is a ton of standard gauge at Roadside America. In display cases all over the place and displayed everywhere, there is classic standard gague. Judging from how much is stuffed into this exhibit, the gentleman that built this layout (Laurence Gieringer) probably didn't have room to do everything he wanted to do, at least in standard gauge.
It is a little bit of a tourist trap but once you see this layout and manage to pull what's left of your jaw off the floor, you won't be disappointed. Wait for the tribute to America and the night time scene show. It has some parts that are just a little bizarre but it is worth the wait (you'll see what I mean about the strange part when you go through the show).