Tuesday, March 08, 2016
In the Needham town forest, outside Boston, is a miniature model railway consisting of 120 feet of tracks created in the early 2000s by Jim Metcalf, a retired design engineer. Jim thought the wooded retreat near a brook would be a nice place to relax and have a martini. He built a bench and a table so he and his wife could picnic there and created a dam in the brook that led to a small waterfall so that they could enjoy the sounds of the trickling water. Then he was inspired to add the miniature railway. A tiny blue electric locomotive pulls a load of cargo logs over the tracks, while a group of assorted passengers including miniature plastic superheroes, pigs, and dinosaurs wait by the station house.