MIKE COLLINS NEW "HO" HOME LAYOUT

March 22, 2015 (L-R) Mike Collins, John Faso, Tom Rottenberg, Don Glasser, Bob Brown at the Collins residence enjoying Mike's "HO" Scale Layout. This will all be converted to a "New" 1/87th Display. The new display will feature NYC (New York City) harbor car-float operation. Stay turned to see this Layout develop.

MIKE COLLINS

NEW "HO" HOME LAYOUT

September 18, 2015

September 18, 2015 (L-R) Mike Collins, Ken Sargeant, Joe Pisciotti, Nick Mekich, Tom Rottenberg, Kieve Uhrlich in the Mike Collins Train Room observing his "New HO Layout".    (present but not in the picture)   David Mikelson, Al Uber,

Gary Hendrickson

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September 18, 2015 (L-R) Mike Collins, Tom Rottenberg in Mike's train room observing the "New HO Layout". Notice in Mike's hand he has a floor of the factory which is in the center of the layout. He actually took three different floors from the interior of the building.

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September 18, 2015 Tom Rottenberg in the Mike Collins Train Room observing the dock area of Mike's "New HO Layout". Notice the Tugboat has moored the carfloat to the suspension type transfer bridge, for loading and unloading of the train cars.

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September 18, 2015 (L-R) Al Uber, Mike Collins in front of Mike's "New HO Layout". Notice the pistol in his right hand and the remote control in the other hand. You must ask Mike about the notches on pistol.

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Report # 1

 

Greetings.....

 

Here is my first progress report of a new project.

 

Background: Ever since a fan trip (1983) to the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal

(Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC)

 

I have been fascinated with the NY harbor car-float operation

(I received my National Model Railroad Association Prototype Modeler Certificate with a BEDT display module in 1989)

so.....

 

Picture 1 (346) benchwork 

Picture 2 (347) benchwork 

Picture 3 (348) benchwork

 

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Report # 2

 

Here is my full scale drawing of the LV 149th Street Bronx Terminal

track Plan in HO (1/87) scale

 

By the way, NYC is mile post "0"  

 

Since it is the 90's (background ... in the late 50's the LV Bronx business was in decline and the water front property became valuable for building high rise condos), half the river front property was sold, therefore the remainder has been reduced

 

Picture 1 (349) is the left side 

Picture 2 (350) the right half

 

Back to 'work'

 

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Report #3
 
Greetings ...
 
Phase 2 ... the Bench work is done.
(Phase 1 was the research, plotting and planning)
 
Picture 1 (351) since no basement, attic or space in the garage,
the top of the spa becomes a work table in south Florida ...
nice view and fresh air.  You'll see when you move down here ...
just kidding.  My full size track plan came in handy.
I'm using quarter inch underlay (made in China ... five years ago
it was called 'luan', must not have liked the name).
 
Picture 2 (355) the cut out top before securing.  Need to finish the
subway first.  The back board is fiberboard with base coat of 'sky'
(use to be called Masonite, now call Eucaboard probably made in Ecuador).
On the side is a cutout to view the subway, also for inspection
and ventilation.
 
Picture 3 (360) the back side shows the location of the future
subway station.  The Central Penn Valley RDC did the honors
of the test run.  The subway cars are enroute, thanks to ebay.
 
The hinges allow lowering the back board for viewing
the layout from the rear,  taking pictures, adding lights to the
structures (flats) and maintenance.
The carriage bolts and wing nuts secure it upright.
 
Next is to finish the subway tunnels, station and
the third rail needs to be weathered. Then secure the top.
 
Also finish the background and add the back board sides.

 

 

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Report #4
 
Greetings ...
 
Here is a preview of the background.
It's about 75% complete.
The distance I'm working is 1.5 inches wide so I am using
silhouettes and background buildings, aka 'flats'.
Therefore I'll have more train space, plus the structures
will be partially hidden with an elevated expressway.
 
Picture 1 (361) shows the start of using two silhouettes
made by Model Tech Studios. By flipping and modifying
them I'll make 7 feet of background buildings.  I used
pictures of the Bronx from the internet for sizes and color.
 
Picture 2 (362) I outline the shapes, then paint with various
colors.  Note the subway is up and running.  In the next
Report I'll show you the 149th St. / Grand Concourse 
Station.
 
Picture 3 (363) I need to finish 7 structures and touch up
the sky when time permits.  Note to the left is the residential
area, on the right is industrial.  The archways will access the
road under the expressway which I'll construct  next, along
with track placement. 
 
 

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Report #5
 
Greetings ...
 
I have been working on a lot of different parts in
all areas.  As the building sequence continues,
I'm constructing many pieces that are starting to come
together.  Here is the subway and terminal tracks.
 
Picture 1 (372) Before I put the 'lid' on the subway ...
I installed a platform and a LED strip light (6 lamps)
that is made for book shelves.  It fits perfectly above
the viewing window.
This is the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) ...
Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) ... Red Line, Train # 2...
from the top of the Bronx to Times Sq. then onto
Flatbush in Brooklyn.
The platform is removable underneath from the back.
Someday I'll get a third coach, also add some graffiti
to one car and more people, etc.
 
Picture 2 (373)
This is the 149th St. / Grand Concourse Station #2
train platform (on 'other' levels are trains #4 & 5).
This was the first subway station in the Bronx, built
in 1905.  So it is a classic.  Upgrades are underway ...
Two vendors have been selected and their booths
are under construction ... coming soon ...
Wayne's World News Stand and Chuck's Wagon Snack Bar.
 
Picture 3 (371) This gives you an idea of the terminal yard,
the transfer bridge and car float (under construction).
Under the Expressway there will be a trolley.
A street car on 149th St. heading to the bridge to
Manhattan. The industries will be Railway Express Agency,
Watt's Transformers, Creekside Coal & Oil, a multi-
purpose team track with an overhead crane, and a LV
warehouse.
 
Since the background is hinged, I can work on that anytime.
The track is soldered, but needs to be finished, missing
ties added, and weathered. 
Over the next two reports, things will start to take shape.
 
 
 

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Report #6 
 
Greetings ...
Started work on the left side.

Picture 1 (381) shows printed background buildings
and a background structure.  The sidewalk is made 
by Rix Smalltown USA, then dull coated and weathered.
For the road I use foam-core, trimmed to butt against the
street car rail, old poster board for the center (3 layers)
and one piece butted against the rail.  All is painted
with Top Coat asphalt.  I'll use a white 2 mm calligraphy
pen for painting the lane lines.
Also I'm re-using Mill Creek from the old layout.
Note... you can see the subway tracks below.
 
Picture 2 (382) Here is one foot that is 80% completed.
In back, the expressway is made of black foam-core with
Micro Engineering structural supports. The highway
is removable; and the the back can be lowered on
hinges.
The street under the expressway  has a PCC trolley.
In the corner is a green subway entrance.
Note ... over the expressway tunnel portal is 
affordable housing (apartments seen in NYC). 
In the next picture you can look out the windows.
 
Picture 3 (384) a view from the backside.
I hope you like the wallpaper ! The view from the
windows and tunnels are neat.  And two subway
views, the station in back, and a viewport on the right.
The layout is mounted on 4 book cases which are on
rollers.  And the handsets are in holding pockets.
Note ... the wing nuts and hinges allow the back to
be lowered.  The sides are fixed in position. 
 
Six more feet to go ...
 

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Report #7
 
Greetings ...
On the right side I wanted to include a large 
warehouse.  Here is the situation ...
 
Picture 1 (385) a little history ... from 1929 til 1957       
they had a 12 story, 346,733 sq.' warehouse  in the
Bronx ... Wow !
Note the highlighted customer, Pittsburgh Plate
Glass Company.
 
Picture 2 (386) here is the space I have to work with.
A puzzle to solve.
 
Picture 3 (387) I decided to combine parts of two
background buildings (aka 'flats').
Hertiage Furniture can be cut at an angle, which
I did.  In order to butt against that building and fit
the space, I cutout a section and bent the wall of
the River City Textiles building.
Rather than 12 floors, the railroad sold the building
to the NYC Housing Authority.  The LV moved into
the vacant  PPG  four story complex. 
 
Picture 4 (419) the end result ... the main part for
rail service and the annex for truck service.
Added a cover for the dock and roof details.
Also painted a backdrop on fiberboard.
Someday I'll add floors, freight, signs, etc.
 
Onward ... 
 

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Report #8  
 
Greetings ...
In the last report I did some kit-bashing.
Now, let's look at the rail-marine car-floating operation.
In the Port of NY harbor during the 50's there were 10
railroads and 4 terminal rr's. They had 120 rr tug boats
moving 240 carfloats handling 1600 freight cars a day
(that's down from 5300 cars in 1937). Wow !
How's that for water traffic ?
Today I believe there are 2 contractors, no railroads.
 
Picture 1 (424)  There are 3 major parts ... a transfer bridge,
a tug boat and a carfloat.  Transfer bridges, pontoon float
or suspension, adjust for water height and 'loads' coming
off or on the carfloat.  There are two types of carfloats,
a station float with 2 tracks with a center covered platform
and an interchange float with 3 tracks, depending on size can
carry to to 21 freight cars. I cut mine down to 23" (170 HO
scale feet) to hold 8 cars.
 
Picture 2 (425)  Here's a preview ...
A Lehigh Valley tug (1 of 6) arriving at the 149th.
St. Bronx Terminal with a 'shorty' cf.  This tug has a shorter
pilot house and smoke stack to clear low bridges on the
Harlem River.  So the towing is always done alongside.
 
Picture 3 (426)  The transfer bridge has aligned to the cf.
It is pinned (4 large steel rods) and secured (rope/chains).
The tug can now remove the tow lines and depart.
The heavy locomotive does not go on the cf (unless it's
traveling on the cf), so it uses a 'reach' car (a flat or gondola).
The unloading procedure begins.
 
Back to 'work'.
 
 
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Report #9

 

Greetings ...

 
Looks like I'm over 50% completed.
My goal: to be 95% finished by Labor Day - 2015.
 
Picture 1 (430) No, this is not an ad for Walthers ...
they just make a great selection of quality kits.
I'm using 6 of their structures for this report.
 Also I recommend using Xuron 410 micro shears for
cutting plastic pieces off spruces to save time and effort.
 
Picture 2 (431) to the right is the Municipal Terminal.
I only used the front ... anyone need the remaining
three-fourths ?  I did 3 mods ... (1) cut the main door
to simulate a track entering.  They have an agreement
with Pillsbury to allow unloading cars. (2) used a Dremel
rotary tool with an engraving bit to cut 'Bronx', 1937 and
'New York', then used a Sharpie marker (bronze). (3)
added 4 flags: US, NYS, NYC and the Bronx (thanks to
Google).
The Pillsbury plant was a Centennial Mills background
building.  I cut the awning to clear the elevated highway.
Note the installation of a cobblestone street (hey, it's NYC).
 
Picture 3 (432) to the right is the 'team' track for non-rail
customers.  The overhead crane is two kits, a traveling
structure reduced 50% in length with a heavy duty crane
which I cut down to 7 inches.  The dock came from the old
layout.  This track continues to the Municipal Terminal.
 
To the left is Freddy's Creekside Fuels ... anthracite coal
and Mobil products.  Used two kits, National Fuel Supply
and McGraw Oil for the 6 tanks, office, truck scale, coal
trestle (also cut out a pit), truck filling station and a storage
shed.  Decals, details and ground cover to be added later.
 
 
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Report #10
 
 
Greetings ...
I needed a highway bridge coming off the elevated Interstate,
the Major Deegan.  So I bought the Central Valley Model Works
new 200' Parker Double Track Truss Bridge Kit which I'll convert
to a dual lane highway bridge.
Picture 1 (440) Before ... the cutting, trimming and gluing 370 parts
into sub assemblies following 20 pages of instructions.  Then
painting ... what a project ...
 
Picture 2 (443) After ... 30 hours of construction with modifications ...
a cardboard road with window screen (to simulate metal grating),
railings and concrete edging, here's the Madison Ave. Bridge
from the Bronx to Manhattan.  
The local's call it 'cinn-a-bun' bridge due to it's color.
It is closer to 149th St. than in reality.
 Also it is one way (my 149th St. Bridge will be one way
out of Manhattan over the Harlem River).
I love the expression "Modeler's License".
Needs some weathering, signs and vehicle drivers.
 
Picture 3 (444) more structures ...in the foreground I reused the
4 M Family Hardware Store and Meg Watts Transformer Plant
that was published in Walthers 2015 HO Ref. Book on p. 594.
 
In back, from the left is an old factory converted to Riverside condos.
Next is a vacant warehouse (use to be a 'sweat shop').  Both
structures are made of plaster (Art Deco).  Then Planters
packaging & distribution center (made of card stock).  A Miller
animated sign is mounted on the bldg.  They get their peanuts
from Georgia in a covered hopper parked on the 'team' track
(ref. Report # 9).  They serve the local area, also the New England
states and eastern Canada with box cars on the team track.
 FYI, Planters started in my original hometown of Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Still need to finish the highway supports, railings, roads, ground
cover, etc.
And I'm 60% finished.   Moo'ven on.

 


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Report #11

 

Part 1

 
 
Greetings ...
Here's the scenario ... it's the 1990s', the Lehigh Valley RR
Bronx Terminal @ East 149th St. is reduced to 3 acres
(sold off 7) rather than closing in 1968 (my fiction).  Then in
1976 when Conrail was formed from many fallen flags (RR's)
... this yard, a few locomotives, 1 tug (the Bethlehem), 1 car
float (#56) and some rolling stock was purchased under a
mortgage agreement called NY Harbor Railroad - LV.  It is
owned by the Black Diamond Wyoming Valley (WV) group.
 
So the Bronx 'Valley' has to be self-contained ... sales, maint.
and service.
Picture 1 (454)  this is their engine house ... a Peco inspection 
pit has been cutout and an Evergreen sidewalk foundation 
installed.  I custom-built this corrugated building from a Pikestuff
Kit-basher Series small Engine House.  I spray painted it with a
can of Krylon 'fusion' for plastic.  My 'spray booth' was the garage
with the door opened.
 
Picture 2 (465)  here is the finished backdrop buildings. Note the
Blue Moon Diner sign (where we meet & eat breakfast) made
from one of their gift cards.  Added fire escapes to two buildings.
The Pressed Steel Plant 2 (Plant 1 was in Wilkes-Barre, PA run
by my father-in-law).  They make steel parts.
The area in front (Mott Haven) is the last section to finish.
 
Picture 3 (481) Since Pressed Steel is off-line, they get some of their
raw material from the 'team' track across the street.  The gantry
crane is lifting the cover off a coil car (Atlas) with steel rolls
(Athearn) and other pieces I made.
 
continues ...
 
 
Report #11
 
 
Part 2
 
Picture 4 (479)  this is Memorial Patriot Plaza at the 
Grand Concourse.  The 3 art deco column portals
were primed then I used Krylon Natural Stone granite
textured finish via garage 'spray booth'.
The statues on top are not "men-in-black", but two 
historians ... to the left is 'Jonas Bronck, a Swedish
emigrant that settled the area in 1639, that now houses
1.25 million people.  The figure on the right is William
Deegan, an architect, a major in WW 1, civic leader
and one of the founders of the American Legion (1919)
overlooking his part of the Interstate (I -87) named for
him.  Someday the city council may approve bronze
statues.  Note the Subway entrance.  And the 'G' on the
streetcar identifies the Grand Course route. This is
149th St., one way.  There is a little street running for
the railroad.
 
Picture 5 (483)  the plaza is also used for Ma's Farmers
Market. Note the PCC trolley under the elevated highway. 
 
Picture 6 (485) the NYC Departments of Public Works & Health
finally approved two vendors for the subway station ...
Waynes World News Stand and Chucks Wagon Snack Bar
with artificial horses. Also new benches and there's more
patrons.
 
Looks like I'm 75% finished !  It's time for a break.
 

 


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Report #12
 
Greetings Railbirds ...
I'm back to "work".
 
 
Picture 1 (308)  I built my last new structure, Mary's Barber Shop.
Named for my wife who cuts what's left of my hair.   
It's Walthers 'Vic's Barbershop' that he sold to Mary before
retiring to Florida.  Remember this is the South Bronx.
About half of the 40 structures are new, the others are
recycled from the old layout.
On one roof is a customized Liberty Bank sign that includes
a 2 Franc coin of Lady Liberty.
On the diner, top left corner, the coffee cup sign was a
stirrer that I highlighted with a silver Sharpie.
Notice this area has brick pavement (needs weathering).
The embossed brick paper is made by Noch.
 
 
Picture 2 (309) The elevated highway, the Major Deegan and
the approach to the Madison Bridge is finished except
for signs and lights.  I cut out the highway tunnel and added
a shallow tunnel using black construction paper to give
it some depth.  The highway is made in 3 sections so I can
remove it to work on or underneath.
 
 
Picture 3 (311) The neighborhood seen here is Mott Haven.
The backdrop includes apartments, condos and factories.
This 'skyboard' with the 'fronts' can be lowered if needed.
 
The area has all the essentials of life ... Railway Express,
Rusty's Radiator Shop, a diner, barber shop/apartment,
a factory, a fuel company, bank, drug store, RR office/
my apartment, gas station, hardware store/apartment,
a bar (St. Michael's) also used on Sundays for religious
services, and a container out back for the dancing girls
to practice/perform, a welding shop and Mr. Handyman's
supplies and gun shop.  Did I miss anything ?
 
I'm close to 80% completion with all the basic essentials
and general arrangement are in place, now for the ground
cover, trees, bushes, signs, fences, lamp posts, people,
cars, the river, etc. Looks like 3 more reports should do it.
Onward ...

 

 
Report  #13
 
Hello Railrunners ...
 
 
Picture 1 (658)  Water ... the Harlem River.
I'm using a two part resin called Envirotex, a gallon of it.
The bottom was painted in mixed colors with a raw umber
color stirred into the resin to represent pollution.
The 'water' reflects the Madison Ave Bridge, also motion
from the ceiling fan.
Against the bulkhead is a mixture of rocks, tree bark,
various 'dirts', coffee grounds and sand from Atlantic City, NJ.
Note the orange channel marker (the light will be connected).
 
Picture 2 (659) LV's 'Bethlehem' moving the carfloat to align
with the transfer bridge.  The apron's height has been adjusted
and the crew is ready to 'pin and tie' the carfloat.
 
Picture 3 (660) The 149th. St. Bridge is under repair.
The Saw Mill Creek dumps into the river at this point.
There is a lot of dumping, including a body !
In this area, besides a hobo camp, (not visible) is a small
cemetery, a tree house, and a subway vent.
Two 'black' rocks are anthracite coal (my PA roots).
On the Grand Concourse Memorial ... Mr. Bronks and
Major Deegan are now bronze statues thanks to the city
council.
 
 
Scenery is now 85% completed.

 

 
 
Report #14
 
 
Greetings ...
 
Picture 1 (667) Constructing brick roads with embossed paper
over poster board.  Also installing roadbed made by Scenic Express
called Black Track Tack ...  a tar-like material. 
Notice the interior of two structures, the superintendent office and
a maintenance shop.
 
Picture 2 (669) The brick roads are finished before weathering
(looking from the back).  Installing N scale gd. throws (better size).
The ballast is a blend of fine and med. cinders, coffee grounds
and turf (soil & earth).  Notice the interior of the engine house with
the shell removed.
 
Picture 3 (670) With the backdrop lowered and a section of the
elevated highway removed, work is about finished in Mott Haven.
Notice an early customer in the 'beer garden' waiting for the 
dancing girls to finish their rehearsal.  Hope he has some deep
pockets.

 

 
 
Report #14
 
Part 2
 
Some details and stories ...
 
Picture 4 (672) Photo-reduced DVA Art business card,
NY Post newspaper front page, computer made signs
for Meg Watts & Hardware Store with 1 to 1 scale screws.
 
Picture 5 (673) Near the bridge pier, underwater is a dead
body in blue clothes.  Nearby his lady friend is paying
homage.
 
Picture 6 (674) Since this is the Harlem River, it's a crime
scene dilemma.  Is it under NY State Police or NY City
Police jurisdiction ?

 

 

 
Report #15

 

Part  1

 

This will be the last report in 3 parts

First, FYI, pictures of my previous layout can be seen in

Walthers HO Reference Book

2015 edition on pages 594, 608, & 616; and in the

2016 catalog on pages 607, 616, and 631 (my 115th picture published).

Note, my first picture was in Walthers 1985 catalog on p. 399,

then 19 articles plus since then.

 

My new layout will be a NMRA Pike Registered Railroad with

a handout page of its history, storyline and operation, and Pass.

 

Picture 1 (664) shows a plaque I did showing the rail-marine

connection between Jersey City, NJ and the Bronx via the

'Lehigh Valley remains' now called the NY Harbor RR - LV.

We see the Betlehem tied up till morning for its 'empties out'

daily run. The tug will return ... 'loads in' later in the day.

 

Picture 2 (665) If you have a PASS, you can ride the transfer caboose,

maybe ride it on the carfloat to/from N.J.

Checkout the clothesline on the apartment roof.

 

Picture 3 (666) Here is an overview of the 'track plan' compared to

the paper drawing in Report #2.

 

continues

 

 
Report #15

 

Part  2

 

Picture 4 (667) Looked like garbage day.

And two mounted policemen have joined the crime scene

(ref. Report 14 Part 2)

Note: Marilyn recommends taking the subway.

 

Picture 5 (668) A helicopter view of Mr. Bronks & Major Deegan

Memorial, the 149th St / Grand Concourse subway entrance

and Patriots Plaza with Ma's outdoor market

On the 1-87, Major Deegan Expressway, a Bronx Fire Squad

is on the run. Note: the layout includes city traffic sounds.

 

Picture 6 (669) Looking east, the United Airlines 'friendly skies'

sign was a drink stirrer.

The brick road is River Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood

Some of the signs were made using a software program

(highway, Meg Watts factory) or photo reduced Google search

signs), (top of ambulance), ads (NY Post), cards (DVA art), etc

 

continues..

 

 
 

Report #15

 

Part 3

 

the end is near,

 

Picture 7 (671) a top down view of the interriors of the

engine house, the control tower, the superintendents'

office and the maintenance shop.

Also a good view of the Saw Mill Creek and its contents.

NOTE: the area included water / animal sounds.

 

 

Picture 8 (674) Meg Watts has 3 pull-out detailed floors and it

includes factory sounds.

To the left is Fred's Creekside Fuels. Next door is the

'team track' with a gantry crane and between the tracks

3 hatches for flour delivery to Pillsbury across the street

in back the RR warehbouse that rents commercial spaces.

On the Harlem River, the tug and carfloat is heading to N.J.

 

Picture 9 (661) I hope you enjoyed part of the Big Apple

in miniature three dimensional art.

It really looks better in person.

 

The layout has some unique features and a lot of

mini-scenes. This project is 95% completed. I worked

on it almost every day, over 9 months. Still have

some work to get to 99% (we're never 'finished')

lights, crossing gates, signals, track repairs, weathering

and more details.  Someday maybe I'll do a post script.

 

Stay on-track

 

Mike

..

 

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PLANTATION

HISTORICAL MUSEUM

JULY 15, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017 (L-R) Saralyn and Ken Sargeant at the Plantation Historical Museum toward the end of the day. Other Florida Citrus Model Train Society members working  were:  Joe Motes, Bill Nielsen, Don Kneuer, John Michna, Nick Mekich, Bob Balog, John Faso, Bob Brown, Joe Parisini, Peter Colussy, David McClain (13)

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PLANTATION

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

JULY 4, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017  Florida Citrus Model Train Society Member Sharon Naile sitting in Joe Parisini's Model A Ford before the Plantation Independence Day Parade. Notice the LOGO on the front door.

"TRANSPORTATION DISPLAY"

PLANTATION HISTORICAL MUSEUM 511 FIG TREE LANE PLANTATION, FLORIDA 33317

MARCH 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017 "Transportation Display" at the Plantation Historical Museum. (L-R) Luis Figeroa, John Michna, Nick Mekich, David McClain, Joe Parisini, Bill Nielsen, Bob Brown. Other members participating were: Ken Sargeant, Bill Tessar, Debbie Tessar, Joe Pisciotti, Barry Favre, Frank Atanasio, Debbie Brown, Bob Balog, Judy Balog (16) See: Plantation Historical Musuem February 18, 2017 - October 7, 2017

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PLANTATION HISTORICAL

MUSEUM

CHECK PRESENTATION

 THURSDAY MAY 2, 2017

Thursday, May 2, 2017 (L-R) John Feeney, Ken Sargeant. Mr. John Feeney (Curator, Plantation  Historical Museum) presenting a check from the Plantation Historical Society to Dr. Ken Sargeant (President, Florida Citrus Model Train Society) for their "Model Train Display" and "Participation" at the Plantation Historical Museum's "Trainportation Display. See: Plantation Historical Musuem February 18, 2017 - October 7, 2017

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PINES SENIOR CENTER

 301 NW 103 STREET

PEMBROKE PINES, FL 33026

October 13, 2016  The Florida Citrus Model Train Society were at the Pines Senior Center from October 14, 2016 to April 26, 2017 We had a "Workshop" at this facility and built and repaired our many modular Layouts and model trains. We would like to thank the staff at the Senior Center for giving us the opportunity to  use their facility. "Thank You". 

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY PEMBROKE PINE, FLORIDA

IN THE MEETING ROOM

JANUARY 5, 2017

Thurssday, January 5, 201 This is what it's all about "Introducing Youngsters to the Model Train Hobby"  This young boy wearing his Operation LifeSaver Engineer Cap is enjoying his visit to the Southwest Regioal Library with his Grandparents.  See (SOUTHWEST REGIOAL LIBRARY 2016 - 2017)  & (PART 2)

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KEN & SARALYN SARGEANT HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

HAPPY 35 TH ANNIVERSARY

FEBRUARY 14, 2016

TARPON BEND RESTURANT

Sunday, February 14, 2016 (L-R) Ken and Saralyn Sargeant celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary and Valentine's Day at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society "Mardi Gras Festival" at the "New River Inn". We had a fantastic lunch at "Tarpon Bend" Resturant. It was a Super Day with a wonderful Wife.(See: AGENDA)

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THE DAY WE DECIDED TO INCORPORATE AS A

NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION MARCH 30, 2015

March 30, 2015 (L-R) Bill Nielsen, Rick Compton, John Faso, Bob Brown, John Michna, Joe Parisini, David Mikelson, Mike Lazzopina, Ken Sargeant, Jason Ramsey, Tom Rottenberg, Steve Kneuer, Frank Atanasio, Joe Pisciotti, Dan McMurtrie, Kieve Ehrlich, Don Kneuer

(See: BREAKFAST CLUB)

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VIELE HOUSE AT THE OLD DAVIE SCHOOL HISTORICAL MUSEUM DAVIE, FLORIDA

MAY 28, 2016

Viele House the Old Davie School Historical Museum

Saturday, May 28, 2016  Paul Perotti and his son Vincent standing by the "New HO Layout" displayed in the Viele House at the Old Davie School Historical Museum. Sixteen members of the Florida Citrus Model Train Society took part. 

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YOUNG AT  ART LIBRARY

DAVIE, FLORIDA

AUGUST 29, 2015

Young At Art Museum / Library

August 29, 2015 This Special Young Boy visits us almost ever Saturday attending with his parents is standing by the "G" Scale Layout at the Young At Art Museum / Library in Davie, Florida

(See: YOUNG AT ART LIBRARY 2015)

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YOUNG AT  ART LIBRARY

DAVIE, FLORIDA

AUGUST 27, 2015

Young At Art Museum / Library

August 27, 2015 A Young Brother and Sister standing by the Florida Citrus Model Train Society "G" Scale Layout in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Young At Art Museum / Library in Davie, Florida

(See: YOUNG AT ART LIBRARY 2015)

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YOUNG AT  ART LIBRARY

DAVIE, FLORIDA

AUGUST 15, 2015

August 15, 2015 The FLorida Citrus Model Train Society has an emphasis on the entire family especially the younger children. Our goal is to share the traditions and fun of model trains and to provide a reasonable venue for children of all ages to experience the history, traditions and joys of toy trains. (See: YOUNG AT ART LIBRARY 2015)

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OLD DAVIE SCHOOL

HISTORICAL MUSEUM

DAVIE, FLORIDA

JUNE 20, 2015

June 20, 2015 Kylie Sargeant with MTH remote control in hand operating the Amtrak passenger train, blowing horn, ringing bell, controlling speed and smoke volumn. This is what it's all about including the whole family with model trains.

(See: OLD DAVIE SCHOOL HISTORICAL MUSEUM 2015)

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YOUNG AT ART LIBRARY

DAVIE, FLORIDA

FEBRUARY 7, 2013

Young At Art Museum / Library 2013

February 7, 2013 The Florida Citrus Model Train Society President Dr. Ken Sargeant states "This is the reason the Florida Citrus Model Train Society was founded, Kids are the lifeline of our Toy Train Hobby". Youngster in the chair watching the train is Giovanni Curci with his father Joe close behind.

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PLANTATION

HISTORICAL MUSEUM SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Plantation Historical Museum Septepber 18, 2014

September 18, 2014  Dr. Ken Sargeant operating MTH Genesis Amtrak Locomotive on the "O" Scale Layout at the Plantation Historical Museum located in Plantation, Florida 33317

See: FEENEY'S FOLLIES & PLANTATION HISTORICAL MUSEUM 2014

www.plantation.org/museum/  

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RAILROAD PRAYER

 

Oh Lord, now that I have flagged Thee, lift up my feet from the rough road of life and plant them safely on the deck of the train of salvation. Let me use the safety on the deck of the train of salvation. Let me see the safety lamp know as prudence, join all the couplings in the train with the strong arm of love, let my hand lamp be the Bible. Heavenly Father, keep all the switches closed that lead off to the sidings, especially those with the blind end. Oh Lord, if it be Thy pleasure, have semaphore block along the line show the white light of hope that I may make the run of life without stopping. And Lord, give us the Ten Commandments for a schedule and when I've finish on scheduled time and pulled into the dark station of death, may the superintendent of the Universe say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, come and sign the payroll and receive the check of eternal hapiness."

 

Anonymous

MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE AUTONATION IMAX THEATER

The Museum Of Discovery & Science, the AUTONATION IMAX THEATER and the Florida Citrus Model Train Society presented a "G" Scale Model Train Layout in the Main Lobby and an "O" Scale Layout on the second floor at the Museum from August 24, 2013 to February 24, 2014. Over 74,497 visitors attended with 36 members of the Florida Citrus Train Society volunteering 1,270 days working 5,200 hours. Thank you for the fine opportunity to display our trains.

MUSEUM OF

DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

EXCELLENCE SERVICE AWARD

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER SPRING 2014

March 12, 2014

The Florida Citrus Model Train Society

Horored as Volunteer of the Quarter Spring 2014

THE MUSEUM OF

DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD PRESENTED TO THE FLORIDA CITRUS MODEL TRAIN SOCIETY SPRING 2014

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER SPRING 2014

PLAQUE DISPLAYED IN THE 2ND FLOOR OFFICE

OUR SPONSORS

READY TO ROLL

Ready To Roll is a Full Line-Full Service model railroad supply store with 5 operating layouts. Ready To Roll is a must see attraction in South Florida . From Z to G the store is widely known throughout the world. The store carries track, scenery, structures, electrical, tools, engines, rolling stock, a large selection of detail parts, accessories, and scratch building supplies.

Mike Wolf of MTH had confidence that they could get the job done when he asked Ready To Roll to build and design his show room layout located at MTH Headquarters in Maryland. This spectacular layout was featured in March 99’ Classic Toy Trains Issue.

Visit Ready to Roll Train Model Railroad Supplies located at 831 NW 143 Street, Miami Florida 33168 . Visit website: www.readytorolltrains.com 

Ready to Roll February 2014

February 28, 2014 (L-R) John Faso, Bill Tessar, Bill Lucas (Owner of Ready to Roll)

WE SUPPORT

OPERATION LIFESAVER

We support, Operation LifeSaver, which is a national, non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way. Dr. Ken Sargeant  presents the Operation LifeSaver program. Visit the Operation LifeSaver website: www.oli.org    See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

DISCOUNT TRAIN AND HOBBY

"YOUR MODEL RAILROADING HEADQUARTERS"

1061 NE 45 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

You must meet Rick Basini and have him show you his new store. Visit his Website

www.discount-train.com

Come and have coffee with us

Monday and Friday at 8:00 AM

Blue Moon Diner

10076 Griffin Road

Cooper City, FL 33328 

                        

The Florida Citrus Model Train Society Mug

The Florida Citrus Model Train Society Hat

The Florida Citrus Model Train Society Train

"SHERIFF"

August 14, 2014 Ken "Bubba" Sargeant is "The Sheriff" standing behind the Seminole Creek Police Station with his trusted sidekick Deputy "Dawg" John Feeney at his side. The two are inside the Florida Citrus Model Train Society "G" Scale Layout on display at the Plantation Historical Museum. Notice the mean frown on the Sheriff and Deputy. (that was tough to do with all the laughter around)  (See: PLANTATION HISTORICAL MUSEUM 2014) & (FEENEY'S FOLLIES) www.plantation.org/museum/

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11 TH WHISTLE STOP GATHERING

January 31, 2015 The 11th Whistle Stop Gathering at the residence of Sharon Haile & Joe Parisini by their Christmas Holiday Model Train Display.

See: WHISTLE STOP GATHERINGS or DISPLAYS

DON GLASSER "HO" LAYOUT

March 14, 2014 Don Glasser with his "HO" Layout in his garage. See: DISPLAYS

BILL TESSAR "O" SCALE LAYOUT

February 28, 2014 (L-R) Bill Tessar, Tom Rottenberg, John Faso observing Bill Tessar's Model Train Display. See: DISPLAYS

DON KNEUER CHRISTMAS "G" SCALE LAYOUT

Nov. 29, 2012 Don Kneuer Christmas Holiday

"G" Scale Display in his front carport & yard.

See: DISPLAYS

PAUL GEHRING CHRISTMAS "O" SCALE LAYOUT

Nov. 30, 2012 Paul Gehring stands by his Christmas Layout in his garage. See: DISPLAYS

JOE PARISINI CHRISTMAS LAYOUT

Dec. 4, 2012 Joe Parisini stands by his Christmas Layout in his living room. See: DISPLAYS

JACK RUSSELL "G" SCALE GARDEN RAILWAY

December 11, 2012 (L-R) Tom Rottenberg, Paul Gehring, Tony Balano, David Mikelson, Ken Sargeant, Jack Russell. See: DISPLAYS

WEST REGIONAL LIBRARY

PLANTATION, FLORIDA

Dec. 22, 2012 The John Sowden Memorial Fire House Presentation (L-R) Mike Collins, Jan Resmini, Ken Sargeant.

See: WEST REGIONAL LIBRARY

MIRROR LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Dr. Ken Sargeant making Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Mirror Lake Elementary, Plantation, FL. See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

FREEDOMS FOUNDATION AT VALLEY FORGE BROWARTD COUNTY CHAPTER

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

(L-R) Carol Cotton Vice President of Programs, Dr. Ken Sargeant at Operation LifeSaver Presentation for Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Broward County Chapter at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

PRATT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

CARPENTER AUDITORIUM

PRATT, KANSAS

April 13, 2013 (L-R) Dr. Ken Sargeant, Kurt McAfee, Pratt Community College Athletic Director before Ken's Induction Ceremony into the  Athletic Hall of Fame. See: KEN'S BIOGRAPHY

CRESTVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Crestview Elementary School, Miami Gardens, Florida (L-R) Lourdes Evagelinos (Career Day Chairman), Adam Vega, Bill Tessar, Ken Sargeant.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

FULFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Fulford Elementary School, North Miami Beach, Florida. Ken Sargeant giving Presentation to students on Career Day. See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

FOX TRAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Fox Trail Elementary School, Davie, Florida. Ken Sargeant giving Presentation to students on Career Day. See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

PEMBROKE PINES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CENTRAL CAMPUS

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Pembroke Pines Elementary School - Central Campus, Pembroke Pines, Florida.  Dr. Ken Sargeant and Bill Tesser presenting program to the third grade students on the last day of school.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

BOY SCOUT & CUB SCOUT SUMMER CAMP

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Summer Camp Operation LifeSaver Presentation on June 12, 2013 at Tree Tops Park in Davie, Florida. The address 2900 SW 100 Avenue (Nob Hill Road), Davie, FL 33328. This is the second year we have presented our program to the scouts. Thanks to our Scoutmaster Tom Rottenberg for setting this up. Operating "G" Scale Model Railroad Trains were featured along with the presentations.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

RICK COMPTON DISPLAYS BATES HOTEL

August 13, 2013 Rick Compton proudly displays The Bates Hotel which he constructed and showed to The Florida Citrus Model Train Society members at Kristof's Kafe after our Tuesday Breakfast. See: "G" SCALE LAYOUT

PAUL GEHRING WORKING ON "G" SCALE LAYOUT

AT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

August 19, 2013 First Day setting up "G" Scale Layout in the lobby of the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale. Paul Gehring working on electrical work under the layout. Seems like Paul is having lots of fun. See: MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

GRAND OPENING OF THE GREAT DAYS OF RAIL TRAVEL ON THE FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY

October 9, 2013 Broward County Main Library

5:30 - 7:30 PM Standing (L-R) Robert Ledoux,

Vice President & General Counsel (FEC), Don Robinson, President & CEO for "All Aboard Florida" the upcoming Miami - Orlando high speed rail passenger train service, Professor Seth H Bramson, FEC Historian, Dr. Ken Sargeant, President of The Florida Citrus Model Train Society and Operation LifeSaver presentor. See: MAIN LIBRARY

BROWARD COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY

April 4, 2014 (L-R) Ken Sargeant, John Faso standing in front of the FEC (Florida East Coast Railway) Display on the Second Floor of the Broward County Main Library. The Display was in place from October 1, 2013 to April 4, 2014. Trains were provided by Ken Sargeant and John Faso from their private collection. See: MAIN LIBRARY

The Mercedes Benz of Fort Lauderdale MAD for MODS Gala, the Sequel at the Museum of Discovery & Science, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

November 16, 2013 (L-R) Joe Cytacki (Vice President of Programs, Life Sciences & Exhibits), Dr. Ken Sargeant (President of FCMTS) in front of the "G" Scale Layout. See: MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

"G" SCALE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILROAD ENGINE NUMBER 5

January 9, 2014 "New" Paint Scheme & Lettering of the Canadian Pacific Railway 2-6-2 Steam Engine NO 5 done by Rick Compton. See: MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE, or 

"G" SCALE LAYOUT

ROBERT FEENEY WITH TELEGRAPH DISPLAY

AT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

January 26, 2014 Robert Feeney in a Florida East Coast Conductors Uniform telegraphing in the Main Lobby of the Museum of Discovery & Science. See: MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

SPECIAL TRAIN PROGAM FOR FIFTH GRADE BAYVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

TOUR OF THE RAILROAD DISPLAYS

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

TELEGRAPH & MORSE CODE DEMONSTRATION

HENRY FLAGLER FAMILY HISTORY, AND LUNCH

March 17, 2014  (L-R) John Feeney as Henry Morrison Flagler, Cathy Feeney as Mrs. Flagler and Robert Feeney dressed in a Florida East Coast Conductors Uniform. The presentations were given at the Main Library in Fort Lauderdale. See: MAIN LIBRARY

THE FLORIDA CITRUS MODEL TRAIN SOCIETY

CITGO TRUCK WITH L.E.D. LIGHTS

April 4, 2014 John Michna installed L.E.D. lights in the CITGO tanker. See: "G" SCALE LAYOUT.

RICK COMPTON'S

KISSIMMEE RIVER & GULF R.R.

"THE PALMETTO ROUTE" 

May 13, 2014  Rick Compton's New "G" Scale Boxcar he is entering in a contest. Rick has constructed an Engine, Tender, Flatcar with load, Boxcar and a Caboose.

KEN SARGEANT

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

FULFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

May 15, 2014  Ken Sargeant making Operation LifeSaver Presentations on Career Day at Fulford Elementary School in North Miami Beach.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

KEN SARGEANT, BILL TESSAR

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

CRESTVIEW  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

May 21, 2014  (L-R) Ken Sargeant, Bill Tessar making Operation LifeSaver Presentations on Career Day at Crestview Elementary School in Miami Gardens. See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

RICK COMPTON'S

RIO GRAND R.R.

COMBINE CAR

May 11, 2015  Rick Compton's New "G" Scale Combine Car he is entering in a contest in September 2015. Rick has constructed an Engine, Tender, Combine Car and a Flatcar with a flatbed truck load.