Run Time – 2 hours
Join us as we traverse Howard Zane’s revised Piermont Division, with 6 newly redesigned sections and a complete motive power changeover to the Erie, CNJ, DL&W, LV, NYC, L&N, and C&O.
For 30 years, Howard has been building, expanding, and redesigning this masterpiece into the incredible work of 3D art it has become today. Fully operable, he has enhanced the experience by fully immersing the senses of those present with a completely functional signaling system, automatic crossing gates, surrounding ambient sounds, complete city & building lighting throughout, and sound equipped locomotives.
We begin our journey back at Howard’s childhood roots in northeast New Jersey, where the Erie puts on quite a show with 2-8-0’s, 2-8-2’s, 2-10-2’s, 2-8-4’s, & 4-6-2’s, with Lehigh Valley 4-6-2’s, & 4-8-4’s as well as DL&W 4-6-2’s, 4-6-4’s, & 4-8-4’s also “polishing the rails”. From there, we follow an Erie 2-8-4 class S1 Berkshire powered freight westbound where we also see CNJ 4-8-0’s & 2-8-2’s as well as their new Alco HH660 & RSD 4/5 diesels. Upon arriving in northeast Ohio we see interchange with the NYC’s “Big Four” division, with NYC 0-6-0’s, 2-8-2’s, 4-6-2’s, 4-6-4’s, 4-8-2’s as well a P&LE 2-8-4 handling the assignments. We also witness a variety of NYC diesel motive power including Also RS3’s & RS11’s, Baldwin BP16 “Sharks”, EMD F7’s, & F-M “Erie Builts”. From there we follow a series of freight cars southwest behind an L2a 4-8-2 “Mohawk” down to the southwest Ohio greater Cincinnati area, where interchange occurs with the L&N and their magnificent 2-8-4 “Big Emmas”. While in the area, we also view the finest superpower the C&O has to offer, including 2-8-2’s, 2-8-4’s, 2-6-6-2’s, 4-6-4’s, 4-8-4’s, & 2-6-6-6’s. In all, over 80 different locomotive types & classes are featured throughout the program.
You will hear from Howard about his life experiences, even beyond the world of model railroading. Additionally, some of his crew were also on hand to discuss how they modernized his virtually all brass locomotive fleet with the latest in DCC & lighting electronics for smooth & reliable performance, as well as where the future of the hobby, and art, of model railroading is going.
Specialty features include:
• Scenes of Inspiration – where Howard discusses specific scenes & buildings with experiences from his life, usually humorous, that provided the catalyst for their creation
• Overview of DCC/Sound equipped brass locomotives – hear from Howard’s Chief Mechanical Officer Jan Willard as he reviews a variety of upgrades & enhancements he has made to the locomotive fleet.
• Rare Brass Trains Operating – see some of the rarest and most valuable brass trains in operation, including a handbuilt 1 of 12 in the world Nakayama C&O 4-6-4 Poppet Hudson, as provided by multiple collectors for this program.
• Complete Panoramic View – showing the size and depth of this model railroad which occupies 2,850 square feet of space, & also how over 200 floodlights are integrated to enhance the experience.