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I always hesitate to critisize anyone elses work in this hobby. My wife and I visited Northlandz for the first time ever today. I must say that I was somewhat dissapointed. I can appreciate the time that was taken on the initial construction some years ago. However it appears that is when work stopped on this mammoth HO scale layout. Very few trains are running on the layout. Of those that are running, nearly all are F units with less than a half dozen cars each in tow. Only one geep and no steam locos were to be seen. There was a small section of tinplate and an even smaller section of large scale, both of which I had not expected, and both left something to be desired. The scenery, while size was impressive, was repetative, and not up to modern modelling technics. There are dolls in showcases throughout that should have some written explanation as to where they were made, by whom, what they represent, etc. there was none. My wife asked me several times if we were moving too fast through the exhibit. When I replied that our speed was good, she knew that I was not impressed with what I was seeing. Once again I hesitate to hinder anyones ability to make a living off our hobby, but I wouldn't recommend traveling any distance for this exibit. Fortunately we were not far from it on our daytrip.
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I visited the place some 10 years ago and had the same reactions. The layout is impressive in size only - the actual modeling is rather mediocre imho. Certainly no Franklin & South Manchester.
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