The Chattanooga Choo Choo and the Model Railroad Display

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One of the real highlights of this vacation was a visit in Chattanooga to the old Chattanooga Choo Choo railroad station.  Built back in 1908 it served as a station until 1970.  Then it was transformed into a hotel in 1973.  And knowing that railroad enthusiasts of all ages would be visiting in future years a joint venture was created with the local area Model Railroad Club.  This HO scale (1:87) layout has been created and includes more than 320 structures, 150 switches, 120 locomotives of every type, more than 1,000 freight cars, 80 passenger cars, three major yards, two small yards, and four passenger stations. Well over 50,000 man-hours have been spent making this super layout which covers 174 feet in length and is 33 feet wide at its widest point.  It is one of, if not the largest in the world open to the public.  You are allowed a self-guided tour so you may enjoy at your own pace and cameras are welcome.  Some of the modelers are so good at their craft that you will have a hard time looking at your pictures when you get home and not believing it was a real thing you were looking at.  This was a wonderful experience!

bernard69 says:
Very interesting,I knew only the song about Chattanooga Choo Choo.Cheers
Posted on: Aug 27, 2008
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The front of the Hotel.
The front of the Hotel.
One of the stilll active street ca…
One of the stilll active street c…
In the Model Railroad display ther…
In the Model Railroad display the…
They even had Lookout Mtn. and a S…
They even had Lookout Mtn. and a …
You can see the Fire Department wo…
You can see the Fire Department w…
Even the fire didnt stop the trai…
Even the fire didn't stop the tra…
And the Sternwheeler from puffing …
And the Sternwheeler from puffing…
Even cleaning up after a train acc…
Even cleaning up after a train ac…
And some very nice timber trestles.
And some very nice timber trestles.
The turntable in use by a steam lo…
The turntable in use by a steam l…
One of the display cases at the ba…
One of the display cases at the b…
One of the display cases at the ba…
One of the display cases at the b…
One of the display cases at the ba…
One of the display cases at the b…
One of the display cases at the ba…
One of the display cases at the b…
One of the display cases at the ba…
One of the display cases at the b…
One of the display cases at the ba…
One of the display cases at the b…
An old steam locomotive on the tur…
An old steam locomotive on the tu…
Lots of gret details.
Lots of gret details.
I liked this billboard.
I liked this billboard.
As we left the fire still seemed t…
As we left the fire still seemed …
And the old steam locomotives just…
And the old steam locomotives jus…
Some of the windows of the hotel l…
Some of the windows of the hotel …
The Lobby of the hotel
The Lobby of the hotel
The nice domed ceiling of the hote…
The nice domed ceiling of the hot…
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