Month: March 2017

Second Avenue Subway line stuck in the slow lane


Recent announcements that due to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $15.2 billion dollar shortfall in the proposed $32 billion 2015-2019 Capital Program that the next phase for construction of the Second Avenue subway is nothing new.

A trip down memory lane will help explain why progress has been so slow for construction of the long anticipated Metropolitan Transportation Authority Second Avenue subway.

The first of four segments for the new Second Avenue Subway (consisting of three stations between 96th Street and 63rd Street on the east side of Manhattan)  cost $4.5 billion or $2 billion per mile.

Good news is that this portion of the work is on schedule and within budget.

One trick used by transit managers to complete any project within budget, is to drop a portion of the original scope of work. This saves the necessary dollars which were not available to deliver 100 percent of what was…

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Model Train Shows – 2017  

New Jersey

BRICK ~ The Brick Train Show. 9AM-2PM. Sunday March 26, 2017, Sunday May 21, 2017

NORTH HALEDON~ Garden State Model Railway Club. April 1-2, 1-5PM.  April 8-9, 1-5PM.

LINCROFT ~ Nat’l Collectors Club Family Fun Day Toy & Model Train Expo. April 2, 9-3. 

TOMS RIVER ~ The Toms River Train & Toy Show  Sunday May 21. 9AM-2PM . 

WAYNE ~ Nat’l Collectors Club Wayne Train Show April 9, 9am-2pm.


Scranton ~ Coming in May…

Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Fri, 5/12/2017 – Sun, 5/14/2017 – Conventions, Excursions, Meeting, Photo Exhibition/Slide Show, Railroad Memorabilia, Swap Meet, Train Show and Sale. Hours Vary by Event. Admission Fees

Registration fees vary by event.  Key, Lock & Lantern Annual Convention – full weekend of events: Transportation History Expo w/ transportation & industry exhibits & railroad memorabilia sales (hardware, paper, books, photos), lectures, banquet, train excursions & tours. Visit the KL&L website at for current schedules & registration info.

*Look for 2017 Holiday Train shows to be announced later in 2017…