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Model Railroad HO Scale Cab Ride at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago there is a model railway exhibition called "The Great Train Story". The model train layout presents 2,200 miles of scenery and stories from Chicago to Seattle along 1,400 feet of winding track. There are more than 20 trains winding through a continental journey replicated in astonishing detail and scope. From the heights of Rocky Mountain ranges and Chicago skyscrapers, down to the tiniest crossing lights and floating seabirds, this massive scale model in 3,500 square feet can be seen many times. So, please take a look at http://www.msichicago.org.

History of the old model railway exhibit 1941-2002
The Museum of Science and Industry's original model railroad was the largest of its kind in the world when it opened in 1941. Then, it was designed by Minton Cronkhite. The model railroad layout covered 2,340 square feet of floor space and was built in O gauge or 1:45 scale. The various scenes on the model railroad illustrated the role of the railroad within U.S. industry and agriculture throughout the desert southwest. It included 1,000 feet of O scale track and 40 switches operated by an automatic control board. The old model railroad had been in service for over six decades, when it closed in May of 2002.

History of the new model railway exhibit
Today, the Museum of Science and Industry's new railroad exhibit, The Great Train Story, tells the modern railroad story. The newer layout is 50 percent larger than the old railroad. The new model train layout presents the railroad infrastructure between Chicago and Seattle, passing through the Midwest, the Plains States, the Rockies, the Cascades and into the Pacific Northwest. To celebrate the 10th birthday of the new model railway exhibition in 2012, a camera was installed aboard one of the model trains for making a beautiful cab ride. Pilentum Television received the permission from the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, to edit this video footage again.


Model Railroad HO Scale Cab Ride at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago


The Great Train Story


Today, the Museum of Science and Industry's new railroad exhibit, The Great Train Story, tells the modern railroad story


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Model Train Layout at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Photos taken by J. B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago


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