Feb 3, 2013

Railroad Museum to begin construction on model of the yards

BRADFORD--The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a model of the yards, a vision of the museum for many years. With the action taken at the January meeting, it is now becoming a reality. The goal is to have the project completed in the next year.

Mike Desch and Rick Miller of Precision Metal Fabrication in Dayton, will be constructing and installing the layout. The two plan on documenting the progress of their work through pictures that will be posted on the museum’s website at www.bradfordrrmuseum.org.

The N-Scale model size will keep within the limits of the museum space and the Dayton N-trak group has agreed to help with maintenance. These were main factors in choosing the scale for the model.

The time period of the model will reflect the height of the rail road operation, when the United States government took over the railroads during the first World War and did a complete renovation of the yards.

The layout will consist of track, structures and scenery to recreate the Bradford Yards and demonstrate the massive size of the railroad operation at Bradford.

Structures will include switching towers, the Depot (used for passenger travel into the late 1950s), YMCA (which was the main center of social activity in town and served as a hotel for railroaders and out of town guests), the roundhouse (which remained active for many years after the junction was closed) and the turntable (used to redirect the direction of trains until it was dismantled and moved), crossing shantys, and support structures like the power plant and oil house.

Donations toward the project are welcome and can be made to the project to supply the needed rolling stock to complete the layout.

The museum is located at 200 N. Miami Ave., Bradford, Ohio 45308 P.O. Box 101.

The museum is closed for the winter and will re-open on April 6. 2013; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Sundays, 1- 4 p.m. The museum will be featuring Penn Central for the 2013 season. Plan on visiting the museum this year and watch the progress. Questions can be directed to Marilyn Kosier at mkosier@rrohio.com.

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