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Urban hikes summer 2014 : Dungeons and Dungarees : The last boy on Manhattan’s dying hobby scene at odds with the culture of his time

My classes ended last week, and I’ve resumed exploring:

Saturday I found Gotham Model Trains within the the Garment District. For the most part, their stock seemed to be half O-gauge and high end. I looked at steam locomotives with cast metal parts, so much detail and precision on such small models. The diesels were equally fine, and some of them were advertised as hand-weathered. 

In the smaller O-gauge section there were three stylized, toy-like Pullman cars in green with yellow windows. They had acquired scratches and were selling one hundred dollars apiece(!). I recognized them as the same early postwar model of which a train’s worth joined Dad’s collection via an ebay seller some time ago. The ones we have back home look new. I am not sure if they came that way or if Dad fixed them up.

A cardboard box offered battered HO gauge rail segments for fifty cents each. They have inspired me to start assembling a trestle bridge out of basswood.

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Walked the Henry Hudson Bridge & Cloisters with this guy today. http://gifshop.tv/m/95692EZC4H/

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Walked the Henry Hudson Bridge & Cloisters with this guy today. http://gifshop.tv/m/95692EZC4H/

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