Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday In My City - Road Trip, Auburn NY

Unknown Mami

This weekend, for Unknown Mami's Sunday In My City, we took a trip back in time.

Sort of.

Even though Auburn, NY is a bit of a hike from where I live, the ride really didn't seem that long. Perhaps it was because after the multiple snowstorms we've experienced over the past several weeks since Christmas, it felt good to finally get out and just relax, enjoy the scenery without having to shovel a path to it. The roads were clear, the sun was shining and the snow was slowly melting, the 8-foot bank at the edge of my driveway is down to about 5 feet. It almost makes me want to put on some shorts!

Almost.

The first thing I thought as we approached Auburn was how it looked like we were stepping back in time. Check out this old image from the late 1940's or early 1950's...


And this one....


The Auburn of today is remarkably unchanged. They've left a lot of the historic buildings intact, lending charm to the city.


And they didn't get as much snow as we've gotten, and the weather was unseasonably warm. Warm enough for that crew to be out painting that old bridge...

Well actually .......



We only made it as far as Springfield, MA to the Eastern States Exposition where every January they hold the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show!

Here are the "colorized" versions of those photos!

And photos do not do it justice...as the wife of a sometimes model railroad hobbyist, I can assure you, A LOT of work went into these displays.

The detail is just amazing.




And a special thanks to the Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club for taking me "home" every year....

Part of their display includes a model of Pepperell, MA where I was born and my Dad's family lived for generations.
(Pepperell photos are is from the 2010 Model Railroad show...because I can't find the cord to download photos from my daughter's camera...)


Maybe next Sunday in My City I'll take you to the real Pepperell!


6 comments:

babs said...

Awesome model! I thought that was real at first. Mr. bk and I stayed in Auburn years ago when we took a trip to the Finger Lakes. Isn't that prison right there? Ironically, I now live in Auburn - Ohio, that is. :-)

ChristineM said...

Thanks for posting, Babs! I've never actually been to the "real" Auburn NY (been to the one in MA, though!) but now I want to see it. And now I want to learn how to build a model railroad! ;)

Tara R. said...

Those models are very realistic. Those first black and white shots did look like authentic old photos.

Unknown Mami said...

Very, very cool! My daughter would love the trains. I think I would too.

Win said...

Nice snaps...

John Balley said...

Very beautiful models .Continue making these models . In future you get a good chance.
myrtle beach