From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 30, 2016
Ever since meeting members of the Train Masters of Babylon Model Train Club at the Nassau County Model Train Show last year, I’ve looked forward to seeing the sprawling O-Gauge Lionel train world at the club’s HQ.
- Click to view slideshow of TMB Model Train Club’s Open House
Well, last Saturday I spent a couple of hours that sped by all too quickly at one of TMB’s Open Houses during the long Thanksgiving weekend. I brought two Nikon prime lenses: a 16mm 180-degree fisheye lens to help catch wide-high views of vast layouts in close quarters, and a 105mm macro lens to help get close ups of the miniature universe.
Bake Turner, a TMB Board Member, told me how the club moved from Lindenhurst to their Farmingdale location four years ago, and they’re still expanding the elaborate O-Scale layouts, including developing one vertically up a wall!
Young children perched on parents’ shoulders; adults bent down to inspect the subway line; and lots of short and long arms pointed to trains whizzing around the 19 scale miles of track winding through fantastically detailed landscapes, towns, tall cityscapes, a three-ring circus….
And then there’s the club’s star attraction: the actual train layout featured in “The Blue Comet” episode of The Sopranos HBO television series. It wasn’t until shortly after my visit I realized the layout was complete with “blood stains” from Bobby Bacala’s execution, so I want to return to the scene of that crime during a future Open House.
Train Masters of Babylon site: TMB Model Train Club