Last Saturday (Dec 6, 2014) it was a rainy/nasty day here in Maryland so I took my daughter up to the Greenberg Train Show in Timonium Maryland and we stumbled upon something quite special (I think), a vintage double helix O gauge layout for sale.
The vendor mentioned it was built "for a department store", unknown year but the thing looked to be at least 50 years old.
I planned on going back the next day with a better camera, a notepad, and a tape measure (and a fellow forum member) but wasn't able to go, so the only pictures I got were from my aging iPhone camera.
Below are the pictures, it would be neat to see what you guys know about layouts like these. Other things I can think of include:
- The layout was less than 3 feet tall, closer to 2 feet if I remember correctly (I could measure the elf in the second picture if you all want)
- The track was made with what appears to be sheet metal - home made track, so cool
- The vendor wanted $1,500 OBO for the item so it was out of my league
- I couldn't help but think it should have been in a museum somewhere
All the best to everyone this Christmas/Holiday Season...Rich Murnane