This layout represents the NEW YORK CENTRAL Valley Division located in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York with branch lines connecting to Albany and Utica. Steam and diesel battle for supremacy with no clear winner in sight. Major features include a computer-controlled CTC-like signaling system controlling bi-directional traffic on a doubletrack mainline, two modular (portable) staging yards, wireless control panels for main yard turnouts, an inter-room telephone system authentic for the late 1940s, museum quality scenic artwork on the walls and numerous unique sound effects.

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Building a finished model railroad layout requires many different skills including carpentry, precision model building, artistic talent, electrical/electronics/computers, mechanical mechanisms, audio sound effects and a detailed knowledge of real railroad operating procedures. It is rare for any one individual to have all of the varied abilities necessary for a project of this nature. Over 50 skilled friends have participated in the construction of this layout. Here is a public "thank you" for their efforts. It could never have happened without their assistance.

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