Dec. 26, 2022. Garden City, N.Y., U.S. A boy points to one of the model trains traveling on the Long Island Garden Railway Society display in the atrium of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Model Trains Now & Then at Cradle of Aviation Museum

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 31, 2022

‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’ – Max Planck (1858-1947)

Long Island Garden Railway Society holiday displays

At the Cradle of Aviation Museum this December 26th, I enjoyed capturing photos of the Long Island Garden Railway Society’s display for the winter holidays, as I did 10 years ago on December 26, 2012.

• 2012:  

model trains at cam

Dec. 26, 2012. Garden City, N.Y., U.S. – The Long Island Garden Railway Society large-scale model train display surrounds a large decorated tree during winter holidays at Cradle of Aviation Museum. Grumman Blue Angels F-11 Tiger jet is suspended from ceiling. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Though the 2012 and 2022 model train displays I covered were by the same large scale model train organization, LIGRS, at the same museum, CAM, there were also differences – including in my photography equipment, experience, goals, and the COVID-19 impact.

• 2012:  

model trains at cam

Dec. 26, 2012 – Garden City, New York, U.S.  G scale New York Central engine passes by the carousel in the carnival theme section of the Long Island Garden Railway Society display at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Photography Equipment

When covering the event in 2012, I used my Nikon D74 DSLR full-frame camera, with a zoom lens, the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lG ED – arguably the best prime lens, to use as a sole lens, to cover such an event.

A few days ago, I used my Nikon Z9 mirrorless full-frame camera with a macro lens, the Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S – an outstanding lens to capture macro, closeup photos of small subjects such as model trains.

This year, had my goal been covering the event and location thoroughly, I would’ve also used a second lens- for example, my Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 A prime lens or my iPhone Pro. My goal was to work on capturing the best photos possible with my macro lens.

• 2012:  

model trains at cam

Dec. 26, 2012 – Garden City, New York, U.S. This young boy came with his family to see the Long Island Garden Railway Society display in atrium of the Cradle of Aviation Museum. A member of LIGRS is in the center area, available to answer visitors’ questions. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Experience with Place & Subject

The Cradle of Aviation Museum is the Long Island museum I’ve photographed the longest and most often. For over a decade, I’ve loved photographing a wide variety of locations there, repeatedly, from morning to to dusk and night.

And over the past ten years I’ve covered model train events at several places and by several passionate organizations on Long Island, often more than once.  

This year, after covering the atrium ground floor display, I asked myself, ‘Time to walk up the stairs to cover this from the upper levels?’ and answered, ‘Not really.’

• 2022:  

Garden City, NY, U.S. December 26, 2022.

Dec. 26, 2022. Garden City, N.Y., U.S. A young woman G scale model train figure stands next to a classic red pickup truck with ‘Coca-Cola’ on door at the Long Island Garden Railway Society display at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

COVID-19 impact

The model train display looked a bit toned down this year.

It’s been years since spring 2020 when New York became an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce one’s risk of being hospitalized or worse due to the virus. Wearing N95 or KN95 masks significantly reduces the chance of transmitting or getting COVID-19.

But many of Long Island’s museums and clubs are still negatively impacted by COVID-19 – with lower average rates of attendance and participation.

• 2022:  

Garden City, NY, U.S. December 26, 2022.

Dec. 26, 2022. Garden City, N.Y., U.S. A bright yellow Denver & Rio Grande Western Passenger Coach G scale car is in the Long Island Garden Railway Society display at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

2022 side view of train in Feature Photo:

Garden City, NY, U.S. December 26, 2022.

Dec. 26, 2022. Garden City, N.Y., U.S. A 1931 American Locomotive Company Superheater, seen here in closeup, is part of he Long Island Garden Railway Society display at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

About LIGRS’ display:

G scale model trains circle the large festive tree in CAM’s atrium. They pass through many themed areas, including an old-fashioned drive-in theater and a train station.

It’s no surprise the Long Island Garden Railway Society choose G scale, which is both the largest scale model train (ratio of 1:22.5) and most popular outdoor scale model train. 

The large size, durability, and ruggedness of G scale model trains make them ideal for large indoor areas, and for outdoors – even in the snow!

• 2022:  

Garden City, NY, U.S. December 26, 2022.

Dec. 26, 2022. Garden City, N.Y., U.S. A Santa Claus G scale model train figure rings a bell as he stands next to an antique car at the Long Island Garden Railway Society display at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


FEATURE PHOTO (at top): Dec. 26, 2022. Garden City, N.Y., U.S. A young boy points to a model train traveling around the Long Island Garden Railway Society display of model trains at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. 


Year round at Cradle of Aviation Museum:

Along with special exhibits and events, the air & space museum has the jetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium and world class permanent exhibits – many with historic Long Island roots.

Cradle of Aviation Store – Before leaving CAM this week, I went to the Museum Store and bought my toddler grandson a couple of souvenirs: an adorable pilot’s hat and plush toy version of the genuine U.S. Navy Grumman F11 Tiger Jet suspended from the atrium.


my CAM Model Trains galleries: 2012 photos • 2022 photos

Long Island Garden Railway Society:  ligrs.clubmembership form

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Mineola, New York, U.S. October 30, 2022. New York Governor KATHY HOCHUL (Democrat) is on stage at Nassau County rally held outdoors at Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site on Long Island. © 2022 Ann Parry, annparry.com (blog post feature photo)

Nassau County Rally with Governor Hochul

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 4, 2022

Updated January 8, 2023 to add election results with links to winners’ government pages (near end of post)

Labor unions rally for Hochul Delgado

• voting in NY:  voteearlyny.org •  find your poll site

The New York governor’s race has become unexpectedly close.

Two days after early voting started in New York, and nine days before Election Day 2022, Democratic candidates and supporters – largely from labor unions – gathered for the Nassau County Rally with Governor Hochul. 

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. At Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul, young women hold a Hochul Delgado sign and wear a shirt with message “Voting is just like driving: To go backward choose ‘R.’ To go forward choose ‘D.'” (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

The Sunday, October 30th event was held outdoors during a sunny autumn afternoon at the Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site in Mineola. 

  • my Photo Gallery – Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul (Plus, click each photo here to see larger one.)
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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. Men wearing orange ‘Carpenters RISE’ shirts and ‘Hochul Delgado’ stickers approach entrance to Nassau County Rally with Governor Hochul. Event was at Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site on Long Island. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, NY, U.S. Oct., 30, 2022. L-R, N.Y. Chair of the NYS Democratic Committee JAY JACOBS, Lt. Gov. ANTONIO DELGADO, NYS Comptroller THOMAS DINAPOLI, candidate for Congress NY-03 ROBERT ZIMMERMAN, (at podium) Pres. of Local 338 JOHN DURSO, and Gov. KATHY HOCHUL are on stage at Nassau County Rally with Governor Hochul. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. ANTONIO DELGADO, Lieutenant Governor of New York State, is on stage at Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, NY, U.S. Oct., 30, 2022. At center, NYS Assembly Deputy Majority Leader MICHAELLE SOLAGES waves to audience at Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. At podium is Chair of the NYS Democratic Committee JAY JACOBS; right of him is Gov. KATHY HOCUL; left of him is Lt. Gov. ANTONIO DELGADO. At far right is NYS Assembly candidate AMANDA FIELD (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. ROBERT ZIMMERMAN, the Democratic candidate for New York’s redrawn 3rd Congressional District, participates in Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, NY, U.S. Oct., 30, 2022. YURI JIMENEZ, a member of Local 338, holds her daughter GISELLE, 2 1/2 years old, at Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. Event was held outdoors at Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site on Long Island. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, NY, U.S. Oct., 30, 2022. Audience members are wearing MOMS DEMAND ACTION shirts and holding HOCHUL DELGADO signs at Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

“Nassau

Mineola, NY, U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. At center NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS and two Hasidic Jewish men talk before start of Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul on Long Island.(© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. Woman pushing stroller with baby boy in it waits on line to sign into Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. Event was held outdoors at Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site on Long Island.(© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. At front right, activist LAUREN CORCORAN-DOOLIN waits on line to sign into Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022.. At left, Democratic Deputy Zone Leader of 21st Assembly District RANDY KOVAR signs into Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. Sign for ‘ROBERT ZIMMERMAN Democrat for Congress’ NY District 3 is at front. Event was at Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, NY, U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. Union members hold large 32BJ SEIU sign at Nassau County Rally with Gov.Hochul. 32BJ is a merger of two NYC unions of building service workers and an affiliate of SIEU, the Service Employees International Union.(© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, NY, U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. Young daughters of Local 338 union members help at food tent during Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. Event was held outdoors at Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. At right, NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS and, at left, NYSUT retiree MEL STERN talk before start of Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. Activists with BEND The ARC sign attend Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul on Long Island. Bend the Arc is a national group of progressive American Jews.(© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, NY, U.S. Oct., 30, 2022. At center in light suit, Senator KEVIN THOMAS (NY-06) poses with women wearing PSC CUNY shirts at end of Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. PSC CUNY, the Professional Staff Congress, represents faculty and staff at the City University of New York and CUNY Research Foundation.(© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. At left, Assemblywoman TAYLOR DARLING, (Democrat) 18th Assembly District of New York, is with a constituent at end of Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

“Nassau

Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct., 30, 2022. Woman holds Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW sign, and she and man wear ‘Hochul Delgado’ stickers at Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul . Event was held outdoors at Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site on Long Island. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. LAURA CURRAN, former Nassau County Executive, attends Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

‘Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul’

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Mineola, N.Y., U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. A woman waving and a man, both wearing 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers shirts, leave after end of Nassau County Rally with Gov. Hochul. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Today I voted early at the Freeport Recreation Center. 


UPDATE: 2022 ELECTION RESULTS for above candidates. Winners are listed first, and each link goes to official’s gov’t page.

Governor / Lt. Gov: Kathy HochulAntonio Delgado (D) • Lee ZeldinAlison Esposito (R) 

NYS Comptroller: Thomas DiNapoli (D) • Paul Rodriguez (R)

U.S. House District 3:  George Santos (R) • Robert Zimmerman (D)

NY Senate District 5:  Steven Rhoads (R) • John Brooks (D)

NY Senate District 6: Kevin Thomas (D) • James Coll (R)

NYS Assembly District 15: Jake Blumencranz (R) • Amanda Field (D)

NYS Assembly District 18: Taylor Darling (D) • LaMont Johnson (R)

NYS Assembly District 22: Michaelle Solages (D) • Cara Castronuova (R)


FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post) Mineola, NY, U.S. Oct. 30, 2022. New York Governor KATHY HOCHUL is on stage at Nassau County rally held at Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site on Long Island. 


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