Toy train exhibit

Marlborough - posted Apr, 23 2013

MARLBOROUGH- The Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, is hosting an "On Track Toy Train Exhibition" from April 6-May 19. With the exception of Mother's Day, the Arts Center will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and admission is free. These toy trains are works of art and everyone will enjoy them. But this is also a very interactive exhibition with two off-campus activities in May. On Sunday, May 5, Fred Dole will lead a Walking Tour of the Air Line Trail and Viaducts in East Hampton. This will be a fun afternoon for the entire family. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water to drink during the tour. Everyone will meet at the parking lot at the reverse curve on Bull Hill Road at 1:30 p.m. The easiest route is via Comstock Bridge Road off Route 16 by the Covered Bridge. Fred will lead the group over the trails to the Rapello and Lyman Viaducts, and over the former railroad beds of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. The original iron frameworks of both viaducts are now filled in and long gone, just as is the all white train known to locals as the "ghost train" that traveled the Air Line Railroad on its way from Boston to New York. With a little imagination, and thanks to Fred's extensive knowledge, one could almost hear the train's ghostly whistle as you walk the trails. (Note that the rain date will be Saturday, May 18.) This is a free activity sponsored by the Arts Center. The second tour will be on Saturday, May 11 when Fred Dole will lead another tour, this time of the one-of-a-kind set up in his East Hampton home of a whole town and running train exhibit called the "Town of Ramondale". This is a reconstructed Delta Lines town that is a near duplicate of the original town as it appeared in New Orleans in 1948, using the original buildings and background scenic panels. Tickets are required for this tour. Fees are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 9 years of age. Details on the times of the tours and the application form can be found on the Arts Center's website at The Marlborough Arts Center (860 295-9389) is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts and is involved in bringing local history to our communities. Visit the website at for information on this exhibition and for the many other artistic possibilities.

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