Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Cincinnati Scenic Railway at the Krohn Conservancy
Tom, Stephen, Ray, and I went to the conservatory's Christmas exhibit this past weekend. Here are a few photos from the exhibit. The model above is of the conservatory which is about eighty years old.
Below is about half of the model of the Roebling Bridge that spans the exhibit. The bridge was opened to traffic between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky in 1867. It was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1975.
Beyond the bridge to the left, two bluish towers are part of the model of the Proctor and Gamble General Offices. The curved bridge visible beneath the engine on the bridge and beyond the closest visitors is known by Cincy residents as the Big Mac because the actual bridge is painted bright yellow so it looks like McDonald's Golden Arches.
This Big Mac is not painted gold. Instead the entire exhibit is constructed from natural materials.
You can see the construction materials in this railroad crossing sign.
It is fairly easy to see the natural materials on this hand shaped control for the Thomas the Tank Engine section.
The steamboat is part of another interactive exhibit. The smokestacks puff out smoke when activated by the handshaped control.
A volunteer told us that every year something is added to the exhibit. This year the Great American Insurance Company building was added.
Other buildings in the exhibit include the childhood home of William Howard Taft, the twenty-seventh president of the United States (left front) and the Union Terminal (upper right).