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Model Trains at the Zoo
Posted By: Bob Harris, 03-19-2013, 08:38 PM

The Living Desert features animals and plants that thrive in deserts from all around the world, including all four deserts of North America. An added attraction it the zoo is the "G" Scale Model Train display which takes up the the approximate size of a football field. All trains and signals are operational and if you enjoy trains you will enjoy this exhibition which is included in the park admission. This brought back so many memories of the train sets I had as a young boy, the noise of metal against track, the steam whistle blowing and of course having full control of the rheostat to speed the engine up for that long straightaway run.
The trains are referred to as "G" scale, which is approximately 1/2 inch to the foot or 1:22.5 inches, about twice the size of Lionel trains. Although not the largest model scale train, it is the most popular "large scale" train. The locomotives, rolling stock, track, switches and most of the equipment are made by LGB. In fact, the letters "LGB" stand for Lehmann Gross Bahn or Lehmann's Big Train.

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03-23-2013, 06:35 AM   #31
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The animals were all out to lunch when he visited.
that's the problem isn't it with zoos, the animals usually don't want to get out in the light and seem to always be taking an afternoon nap. Much like me it seems anymore.

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What a train set. You must have had a great day.
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that was exactly the same reaction I had watching the trains run.

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Man that's a great railroad. I love the big trestle. Thanks for sharing Bob.
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What a train set. You must have had a great day.
We really did Bruce, I enjoyed the trains more than the animals.
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Man that's a great railroad. I love the big trestle. Thanks for sharing Bob.
Duane, I think the whole train layout is a true labor of love, all done with volunteers. They really put a lot of time in building the trestle I would think, it is awesome to see in person.
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men of passion and in great detail and patience,TFS Bob

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men of passion and in great detail and patience,TFS Bob

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thanks so much for taking a look, what you state is something that we should all have in our lives
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I thought this setup was something to see, take a look at this video of a German model train layout.
Miniatur Wunderland on Devour.com
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Unbelievable

Mam mr. H. I can,t even in my wildest dreams imagine the amount of effort that went into putting that project together. I mean from idea to where it is at today is just like wow!!!! The airport really takes the cake...thanx for posting that website.
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Mam mr. H. I can,t even in my wildest dreams imagine the amount of effort that went into putting that project together. I mean from idea to where it is at today is just like wow!!!! The airport really takes the cake...thanx for posting that website.
Glad you enjoyed the thread and video, TFL, Bob
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I'm with Norm on this one. I also almost can't believe the amount of work that has been put into setting this up. Wow. Thanks for showing Bob!
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Mam mr. H. I can,t even in my wildest dreams imagine the amount of effort that went into putting that project together. I mean from idea to where it is at today is just like wow!!!! The airport really takes the cake...thanx for posting that website.
a true labor of love Remco
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