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cmeisenzahl
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Sep 19, 2006, 02:49 PM
 
This thing is amazing!

"This is a Moscow city scale model. It is back from USSR times, when Soviet leaders had a little craze on making such epic compositions. It was ordered from an artist Efim Deshalyt in 1976. The size of the model exceeds 400 sqft."



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Sep 19, 2006, 02:51 PM
 
ohmygod.
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Sep 19, 2006, 03:02 PM
 
Whoa.

Did Moscow have a municipal rail system (subway, light rail, or whatever) in 1976? Honest question: I don't know. If so, then I can see a lot of railroad modelers drooling over this...
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Sep 19, 2006, 03:02 PM
 
It would be fun to dress up in a monster suit and stomp all over it.

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Sep 19, 2006, 03:13 PM
 
That one big model. It would be amazing to see... especially since this is during the CCCP era.
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 03:17 PM
 
Originally Posted by Landos Mustache
It would be fun to dress up in a monster suit and stomp all over it.
That would be hilarious to see.
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 04:10 PM
 
Landos Mustache has the BEST IDEA YET!! GoJira!!!
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 04:13 PM
 
Originally Posted by Gossamer
That would be hilarious to see.

I'm not so sure the Russians would find it all that amusing but if I slapped it on YouTube I am sure it would be a hit.

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Sep 19, 2006, 04:17 PM
 
Moscow has had a Metro system for a long time, with various reports of great/horrible/ok performance, reliabililty, cleanliness, etc. It's supposed to be quite extensive. And it was built with an eye to making Soviet everything seem so much coolerer than anything else, so it's kind of ostentatious. Look here for more.

From a modeling standpoint, the miniature is magnificent! What detail! What depth! Amazing!

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Sep 19, 2006, 04:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter
Moscow has had a Metro system for a long time, with various reports of great/horrible/ok performance, reliabililty, cleanliness, etc. It's supposed to be quite extensive. And it was built with an eye to making Soviet everything seem so much coolerer than anything else, so it's kind of ostentatious. Look here for more.

From a modeling standpoint, the miniature is magnificent! What detail! What depth! Amazing!
From my understanding... some of the stations are simply amazing. Wiki has some good photos of some of the more beautiful stations.
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 04:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter
Moscow has had a Metro system for a long time, with various reports of great/horrible/ok performance, reliabililty, cleanliness, etc. It's supposed to be quite extensive. And it was built with an eye to making Soviet everything seem so much coolerer than anything else, so it's kind of ostentatious. Look here for more.
Awesome; thanks.

Now I wish I were a modeler, because that would make for an awesome challenge: retrofit this thing with a working model of the metro system.
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Sep 19, 2006, 04:57 PM
 
I still haven't got around to visiting this place:

Model railroad layout Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg / Germany - the largest H0 model railroad layout in the world

Biggest miniature railroad system in the world, currently spanning three stories (the Alps are TALL).

I REALLY need to go.
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 05:01 PM
 
Wow.
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 05:05 PM
 






A few more images from the article...
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 06:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by Landos Mustache
It would be fun to dress up in a monster suit and stomp all over it.
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Sep 19, 2006, 10:06 PM
 
We play with full-sized trains where I'm at.

EDIT: that's a picture of one of the oldest train depots in the world in my sig. About 1/4 mile from my house.
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 10:15 PM
 
Railroader, more details on that depot, please! Somewhere near Kalamazoo?

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Sep 19, 2006, 10:29 PM
 
Is the pic with the different currencies supposed to represent something?
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 10:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by Landos Mustache
It would be fun to dress up in a monster suit and stomp all over it.
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Sep 19, 2006, 10:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by Gossamer
Is the pic with the different currencies supposed to represent something?
Possibly scale.
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 11:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter
Railroader, more details on that depot, please! Somewhere near Kalamazoo?
http://www.durandstation.org/history.html

Our local high school mascot is "The Railroaders."

Hence, the nickname and sig.
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 11:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by Gossamer
Is the pic with the different currencies supposed to represent something?
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Sep 20, 2006, 02:06 AM
 
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Sep 20, 2006, 06:42 AM
 


That's nice but nothing compared to LEGO NYC!
It looks just like a telefunken' U-47 - Zappa
     
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Sep 20, 2006, 11:10 AM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader
EDIT: that's a picture of one of the oldest train depots in the world in my sig. About 1/4 mile from my house.
You'll like this one then. Just up the road from me:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crewe_station

Crewe station is one of the most historic railway stations in the world. It was the first to be built independently of the need to serve a town.

When it was built, Crewe station was truly unique, and has set many 'firsts'. It was the first station in the world to have its own railway hotel (The Crewe Arms, 1838, still in use). It was the first to be completely rebuilt owing to the need for expansion. It was the first to form a junction between more than two companies. It was the first to have a completely independent railway system built around it, to ease traffic congestion.

By the 1890s Crewe junctions had become so busy that a survey revealed 1,000 trains passing within a 24-hour period.
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Sep 20, 2006, 01:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy
You'll like this one then. Just up the road from me:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crewe_station
I do like it, but I should qualify my statement.

The Depot in Durand is nearly in it's original condition and recently had it's slate roof replaced with a slate roof.

And Amtrak still uses the station today. I could take a train to either Toronto or Chicago today if I wanted to.
     
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Sep 20, 2006, 02:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader
I do like it, but I should qualify my statement.

The Depot in Durand is nearly in it's original condition
Sweet.
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Sep 20, 2006, 04:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader
Durand Union Station History

Our local high school mascot is "The Railroaders."

Hence, the nickname and sig.
Cool! Thanks a lot! It's a beautiful building and so full of history...

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Sep 21, 2006, 08:11 AM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter
Cool! Thanks a lot! It's a beautiful building and so full of history...
In the local Sunday paper you can always count on at least one article talking about what the Depot Historical society is doing. They are a very active group
     
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Sep 21, 2006, 12:32 PM
 
Most of the east coast RR's of the US have old stations and Depots too. Southern Ry has the Manassas, VA station. You've seen pictures ot if in "The Civil War" series of Ken Burns. Norfolk & Western has several 1870's era stations left from one of it's re-orgs. Pennsylvania RR has a bunch and the B&O the first RR in the USA has a bunch of olde rstations still standing. BTW, the "Crewe" station on the N&W is just about as old as that one in the UK!
     
   
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