Big at the Boxcar Office: It's a Wonderful Train

Aug. 3rd 2013

Some model train layouts leave you absolutely speechless. The famed layout featured in today's video will do exactly that, and undoubtledly requires the "box office" treatment, so pick your seat and settle in for another edition of Big at the Boxcar Office.

The Northlandz layout of Pennsylvania is a legend in the model train community. If you haven't been to see it, stop everything you're doing and plan a visit. If you can't hit the road right now, then sit back and enjoy the video of Northlandz below. Much like the wonderful tale of a man living his life and finding his way that we all know and love as the film It's a Wonderful Life, this layout tells the story of a man's life and his love for trains. 

It's a Wonderful Train

Bruce Zaccagnino spent much of his life creating the remarkable feat of engineering and passion that is Northlandz. And the results speak for themselves. The track stretches for miles, the lanscape climbs for ages, and the sights and sounds are completely magical. Watching the tiny trains zip and whir along the beautiful scenery of Northlandz will bring joy to anyone's day.  

I think there are lots of angels getting their wings with all the bells ringing in this layout. "We make everybody that comes through here pretty happy," Bruce revealed in the video. "And if they're happy, then I'm happy." That certainly sounds like a wonderful life and a wonderful railroader to me. 

If you have a wonderful layout of your own, we'd love to see it make a stop on your Collection Showcase. There are many other DASH users hoping you decide to show it off too! If you've got a favorite model train video from somewhere online, and you'd like to see it featured on the next edition of Big at the Boxcar Office, please leave a link to it in the comments below. 

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  • 5 years, 4 months ago

    This is pretty awesome! I belong to the Military Society of Model Rail Road Engineers (MSMRRE) here in Alaska. We have a fairly large static HO layout as well as a large mobile layout that we set up every February for the Annual Fur Rendezvous at the train station in downtown Anchorage. We are pleased to see all the smiling faces when people (especially the children) come to check out either one of our layouts.
    Kudos to you Bruce!

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