From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 30, 2016
Where can you see a three-ring circus, NYC subway line, and real prop used in a mob hit scene on The Sopranos? At the Train Masters of Babylon Model Train Club HQ in Long Island!
- Click to view slideshow of TMB Model Train Club’s Open House
Last Saturday, during the long Thanksgiving Weekend, I spent a couple of hours that sped by all too quickly at TMB’s Open House, which was free and open to the public, as all their Open Houses are.
Bake Turner, a TMB Model Train Club Board Member, told me how the club – which is a Lionel Ambassador for 2016-17 – 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 arms, short and long, 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.
Prime lenses used with my Nikon DSLR to cover event:
- Nikon 16mm/2.8f 180 degree fisheye lens – views of vast layouts in close quarters
- Nikon 105mm/2.8 macro lens – close ups of miniature universe