Friday, Carol and I took a trip to Misty Mountain Model Railroad in Blairsville, GA. At 3,400 square feet, this is the largest O-gauge model train display in America. It includes over a mile of track, 12 bridges, 4 trestles and 15 tunnels. The display is based on the Blue Ridge Mountains. It took Charles Griffin and two companions over 11 years to design and build this display. Here is Carol with George. He greets folks as they arrive for the tour.
The collection includes over 300 complete Lionel train sets plus several rare antique engines. The display shelves and rooms are immaculately clean. After watching a short segment of a DVD that was produced by the Atlanta PBS TV station, we were escorted back upstairs to enter the display. No single photo can capture the magnitude of this enormous display.
The pieces of this handmade trestle where cut from a 2×4. The display was designed for kids to be able to see everything. Nothing is behind protective fences as is common in many railroad museums. In this photo, you can get an idea of the height of the trestle and see that the trains run on tracks that are low to the ground. The floor is also integral to the set design
The display set included a model of George’s house and museum.
This is an amazing place. All proceeds are given to local charities. If you come visit this area, you must see this collection. For more photos of the museum and display, click the link at the beginning of this post.
Today we have one more trip to take. September and October are the prime times in the area for local festivals. We are headed back to Dahlonega for their annual Scarecrow Stomp. You will have to check back tomorrow for the photos.
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