This is the big weekend.
The Entertrainment Junction opens up just a few minutes from my house.
I know some folks might call a 25,000 square-foot G-scale train layout - with ninetry working trains (that's 1200 train cars, folks)- a bit geeky, and they'd be correct. As their website writes...
90 large, G-scale trains are running everywhere, immersing visitors in a 25,000 square-foot environment. More than two miles of track take visitors on a panoramic journey through three distinct epochs in U.S. history, from the earliest days of steam-engine railroading up through today’s modern diesel locomotives. The layout includes railroading’s Early Period (1830s through the Civil War to late 1890s), the Middle Period (1900 to 1950s) and the Modern Period (1960s to the present).Oh, it's totally geeky, and while I'll admit that it doesn't quite align with my geekness, I'm all for endorsing somebody (or a group of somebodies) who are willing to so overtly embrace their geekness.
Train tracks are bustling all around the visitor -- below, at eye level and some even 11’ in the air. There are carefully hand-crafted cities, towns, saw mills and factories, forests, bridges, mountains, valleys, plateaus, intricate trestles, tunnels, trolley cars, and fast-traveling subway trains.
A cascading 11’ waterfall provides a dramatic backdrop for the entire area; water flows through canals and rivers into a large lake. All trains are large G-scale trains, 1/24th the size of the real thing. Each train car – and there are over 1,200 of them! – is about the size of a loaf of bread.
And especially if they're willing to put that geekness out for all the see and mock/ignore.
So, for the next month or so, they're offering $9.95 admission (instead of their $12.95 for adults).
Anybody else up for a visit?