New Addition to Roberson’s Model Train Layout

A new landmark will be added to Roberson Museum and Science Center’s Model Train Layout Saturday, July 28 at 3pm, courtesy of a Girl Scout from New Jersey.  Verity Cheslo will join Roberson’s Model Train engineers for the installation of the teenager’s replica of the Old Fire Station Number 5, a very recognizable building on Binghamton’s Southside. 

Last September, Cheslo and her family evacuated their New Jersey home in the wake of Hurricane Irene.    Her father, a native of Binghamton, traveled with the family back to our area, just as our community was dealing with the aftermath of massive flooding.  During their time here, Verity and her family visited Roberson and explored the progress being made on the model train layout expansion. 

Roberson’s model train display depicts the landscape or our communities in the 1950s era, featuring many recognizable stores, towns and landmarks.  Verity expressed interest in helping with the display as part of a Girl Scout volunteer project.  Since their visit, Verity has spent countless hours working with her grandfather to replicate the finest details of Fire Station Number 5 and correctly scaling it to fit within Roberson’s existing display.

Verity will make a trip back to Roberson at 3pm on July 28.  She will work with Roberson’s volunteer train engineers to install her finished product. 

Access to the Model Train Layout is free with General Admission to Roberson.  Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for Students and Seniors.  Members and children 4 and under are free.

Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.