Dec 082013

securedownload-3When you come to today’s Holiday Festival don’t forget to stop by to see the model railroad in the basement of the Academy Museum.

If you’ve loved the display in the past, it’s important to include the railroad in your activities today because the Beacon section (Right side against the wall) is gone and the New Haven & Derby Model Railroad Club is rebuilding the entire HO set-up (1-inch = 87-inches) to show how the train routes truly ran in the past.

According to Joel Mandell, the new display, which club members have been working tirelessly to reconstruct in the past several months, will include Ansonia.

For those of us who have enjoyed the display in the past, It may seem sad to see the existing models go away. So why would they want to take it apart?

Mandell said the old tracks in the existing set up don’t quite line up correctly. Trains derail when they run and it is not up to their standards.

“What they are doing is laying new track for Ansonia and making it as perfect as possible,” he said.

The center island will be taken down, Danbury will be taken down, and the display will be condensed from Long Wharf to Ansonia.

It took 8 months to deconstruct the display, and now the construction with new track, power and getting it tied in to the existing display is in progress.

Next, another crew will do the detail work, with buildings, trees, landmarks that people will recognize and everything else that makes the display magical for visitors (and the members).

Next, the deconstruction of the center island will be done with (GASP!) most of the materials that we’ve come to love going in the garbage.

The trains, and buildings will be saved but everything else … gone.

Two new tracks will bring the trains to Shelton, then Derby, Orange, West Haven, and Long Wharf. “We’re taking the far reaches of the railroad that we built and bringing it closer to home,” Mandell said. “We’ll solve all the track problems and give the railroad the proper curve radius that it needs to run smoothly.”

The members have been taking walking tours of the old train routes, taking pictures and making notes so they can include the cattle crossings and other interesting features that they discovered.

When will the work be completed?

One member said “By 2020.”

Another member added “Model railroads are never finished.”

Dec 062013

Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 11.04.09 PMWill nasty weather ruin the Orange Holiday Festival on Sunday? No one really knows for sure, THAT’S in the hands of Mother Nature, but the 7-day forecast from WFSB 3 may make you question how pleasant it will be.

This is what their chief meteorologist Bruce Deprest has to say:

Fri., Dec. 6: expect clouds and some rain highs around 50, but getting colder in the afternoon.

Sat., Dec. 7: SNOW and sleet in the early morning with spotty coating, then mostly sunny and breezy high around 42.

Sun., Dec. 8: Increasing clouds with snow and sleet during evening. High around 37.  

Mon., Dec. 9: Icy combination of freezing rain and sleet in the morning changing to rain in the afternoon. High around 46.

Tues., Dec. 10: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers, chilly and breezy. High around 42.

Wed., Dec. 11: Partly sunny, windy and colder. High around 36.

Thurs., Dec. 12: Partly to mostly sunny and cold. High around 35.

Nov 272012

While you are at the Academy, be sure to stop in to see the model railroad set up

The Academy Museum Antique Shop is anticipating a busy Tree Lighting Sunday on Dec. 2 so be sure and check out the wonderful selection of antiques and collectibles it has to offer.

Inventory increases daily with vintage linens, china, glass, silver plate, toys, collectible dolls and doll accessories to say nothing of the selection of Christmas ornaments and hostess gifts.

Come celebrate the Orange Tree Lighting this weekend and get started on those “hard to buy for” gifts.

In addition to Dec. 2nd, the shop, located at 605 Orange Center Road, is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For information call 203 795-3106.