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The Saddle River Railroad Line

By Peter Willner                                                Conclusion   Return to Part One

There was little left for me to choose from that Sunday.  I expressed my disappointment at not having been there the day before.  The clown told me he had a collection at home.  He didn't bring it as he didn't wish to have it sold in separate pieces.

I arrived at his home the next evening.  He amassed a 40 foot long model of a circus parade.  Needless to say, I bought the circus parade as well as 2 circus tents.  As luck would have it everything was in the same scale size as my Lionel trains.  This stuff was from the late 1940's.  What a find.  I was eight years old again.

When not traveling with Ringling Brothers, he would use the parade to advertise his independent circus by setting them up in store windows in the next town his circus was to perform.

As always, I had to wait for final exam week to sneak it into the house.  Janice was too occupied to see what I was up to.

I also met a rollercoaster enthusiast who built a four foot by eight foot working model of the Riverside Thunderbolt Coaster for me.  It is a triple figure eight.  It took Danny eighteen months to complete.  He made it from over ten thousand individual pieces of wood.  When it was delivered to my house we found it was too large to fit in the basement or my office.  I was now a charter member of the more money than brains club.

By now my wife was now not only ready to sign the commitment papers she was also able to draft them.

The coaster now lives in a client's conference room.  I have visitation rights.

For the most part it has been much more fun to buy, design and build my layout than to run it.

Being a perpetual child has always keep me in good spirits.

Happy Holidays!

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Second Decade.
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