Message from Jerry Calabrese -- November 21, 2005
I'm very pleased to announce that the new Lionel Christmas display will be open to the public today, through January 16, at the New York Transit Museum in Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The layout is part of the Transit Museum's holiday salute to the history of transportation, which includes some very nifty antique model buses, as well as some great old Lionel standard gauge and other pieces that are part of its collection.
If there ever was a labor of love, this one was it. Built in just eight weeks by Roger Farkash and his amazingly dedicated and talented guys at TW Design in Dallas, it was custom made to make the most out of a very unique space in the store. It's has terrific replicas of the Sony, AT&T and Empire State buildings, as well as a two-tiered homage to Grand Central, itself. More than that I'm not even going to try to describe because there is no way I could do it justice. You're just going to have to see it for yourselves. For those of you who can't make the trip to GST, the ultimate cathedral of trains, we're going to post photos and a full description of the buildings, features and trains in the next week or so.
Finally, I'd like to thank the MTA and the Transit Museum for the opportunity, and Roger and his guys for a job well done on a time schedule that seemed all but impossible. I hope you all get as much pleasure out of seeing it as we at Lionel got just making it happen.
Happy Holidays, (a little early)