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Old 09-12-2017, 01:56 PM   #1
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Newswatch 16's backyard Train

A little background to accompany this link: WNEP 16 is in Moosic PA, and one of three local TV stations in Northeast PA. Several years ago, the station create a back yard setting to broadcast the weather. There is a pond, with a raised waterfall spilling into the pond. Above the waterfall is a small circular G Gauge train. Apparently, the train got noticed by John Oliver, host of an HBO night time show. There is a segment on the news call Talk Back 16, and a caller was commenting that Mr. Oliver was making fun of the train. He saw the comment, and replied that he wasn't putting down the train, rather, he was bringing it to the attention of his audience. Here is the link for the rest of the story:
http://wnep.com/2017/09/11/newswatch...ackyard-train/
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Thanks for the link, Don. That's an interesting, fun news segment.
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Obviously, this has been going on for a while; I know there have been a lot of local comments about the backyard train, both positive and negative, but I have no idea when John Oliver first heard about it. That layout he had built didn't get done in two days! It had to cost a fortune, and it's really great that he did that. I can't wait to see where the station plans to put it. If it's going to be outside, it will need to be under a pavilion at the very least. I like that the Nicholson Viaduct is in front. Even though it's not in Scranton, it's close enough.
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Obviously, this has been going on for a while; I know there have been a lot of local comments about the backyard train, both positive and negative, but I have no idea when John Oliver first heard about it. That layout he had built didn't get done in two days! It had to cost a fortune, and it's really great that he did that. I can't wait to see where the station plans to put it. If it's going to be outside, it will need to be under a pavilion at the very least. I like that the Nicholson Viaduct is in front. Even though it's not in Scranton, it's close enough.
Do you know if the station even has plans to actually take possession of the layout? It looked very impressive on John Oliver's show (except the real water, which just doesn't scale).
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Do you know if the station even has plans to actually take possession of the layout? It looked very impressive on John Oliver's show (except the real water, which just doesn't scale).
https://www.facebook.com/jonmeyerwne...289706/?type=3
I didn't see this posted on the station's web page, so only those with FB accts can access this link. The layout is all packed and ready to go in a warehouse in NYC. The station hopes to have it here on Friday, but the question remains as to where it will be set up. Some have suggested Steamtown, and others, the Mall at Steamtown, which is under new management, and has abundant space. If it was to be located at the station, it would have to be under cover.
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https://www.facebook.com/jonmeyerwne...289706/?type=3
I didn't see this posted on the station's web page, so only those with FB accts can access this link. The layout is all packed and ready to go in a warehouse in NYC. The station hopes to have it here on Friday, but the question remains as to where it will be set up. Some have suggested Steamtown, and others, the Mall at Steamtown, which is under new management, and has abundant space. If it was to be located at the station, it would have to be under cover.
Wouldn't it kind of defeat the purpose if it isn't located at the studio? Although Steamtown Mall is a good idea.

And thanks for the update -- I don't do Facebook.
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Wouldn't it kind of defeat the purpose if it isn't located at the studio? Although Steamtown Mall is a good idea.

And thanks for the update -- I don't do Facebook.
There will probably be something on the 6 o' clock news today. I'll post any updates.
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Nice. Thanks for the update, Don!
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