George’s F&SM fast became one of the world’s greatest model railroad layouts for its historical accuracy and breathtaking attention to detail. Host Allen Keller visits George’s studio at Fine Scale Mechanics to get an update on his progress with making additions to the Franklin & South Manchester Railroad layout. In this segment, witness a test run of Engine 282 as it makes its way along the rails from downtown Manchester to the finally completed yard in Dovertown. The massive buildings in Dovertown are as large as those in Manchester. See how the model railroad operations for George’s layout continue to advance. We guarantee you’ll be amazed by this spectacular railroad!
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