CROSSROADS OF AMERICA
The Worlds Largest 3/16 Scale Model Railroad that's on Public Display
On A Clear Track
There's a little bit of the
adventurer in everyone, as the saying goes. Also there is a most interesting
place where dreams can be imagined and where dreams become reality. Here's
a place, both young and old, men and women, can see "toys and miniatures"
in the eyes of the young, and things of beauty.
Travel over Rte. 302 to the
intersection of Trudeau Road in Bethlehem Junction, just west of Pierce
Bridge, to the existing atmosphere at "Crossroads of America."
Relive the youthful fantasies at the place where so many travelers to the
beautiful mountain area flocked in days gone by.
Housed in the large three
story former boarding house, which has its own tales to tell, is a unique
effort undertaken by one determined man to bring new interest to children
and railroad buffs alike.
For here it is that your guide
wants to share his keen insight in railroads and model building for ail
to see. One enters the main entrance to be greeted by a warm, dark haired
young man who, since the age of 8 years, has developed a love for railroading
and model making.
In his own inimitable way,
he has gathered together a multitude of the many types that bring a new
vision into the mechanical delights of the old and new in the giants of
the rails. Many of the models, together with the extensive network of track,
tunnels, mountains, buildings, and structures pertinent to railroad usage
have been built by Roger with patience, diligent research, and concern
A many storied magnificent
trestle spans a deep chasm in the hillside while car yards, truckage, and
landscapes lend a pictorial transformation of an entire
rail system that covers the
large raised structure which supports this project. All this fills a very
large room on the third floor of the building. From a controller platform
your guide can direct, switch, transfer, and move trains of varying lengths
forward and backward through a maze of switches, towns, yards, and countryside
to the delight of the beholder.
Imagine, if you will, the
opportunity to "travel" on a particular car, engine or train
with yourself "at the throttle" as one winds one's way through
these mazes of trackage. Sound the whistle! Watch the locomotive belching
puffs of smoke as it gets up a head of steam! Watch the mail car eject
a mail pouch, better yet, get a chuckle at the cow that wanders onto a
track and becomes startled at a train's approach and then "jumps"
to the safety of the field.
Electronics provides a great
deal of the support mechanism for this marvelous display. Lights are controlled
so as to take the visitor from daytime to night and back simulating a 24
hour scheduling of railroading at work.
Model railroaders the world
over go out of their way to see new layouts and innovations wherever they
travel including Crossroads of America.
Parents, do yourself and the kids a favor and go see a complete record of history in miniature!
Teachers, what an opportunity
to see how transportation can be traced through the many models that date
back to the very earliest steam "engine." Have a class "lecture"
and give them an exciting study in reality. It's an invaluable experience.
In addition, there are numerous
fine models of autos, trucks, and other items to delight the visitor.
SPECIAL DISPLAY OF
OVER 40 ANTIQUE OUTBOARD MOTORS!
"THE NICEST PEOPLE
IN THE WORLD COME VISIT OUR EXHIBITORIUM"
Tours in the Museum
are given every half hour.
Open June 1st thru Foliage Season (Mid Oct.) Closed Mondays Hours 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. In the winter call. 603 869-3919 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org