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New train set, donated to Sheldon Museum, is on view at the Diner

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Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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A HISTORICALLY ACCURATE, built-to-scale model of the 19th-century East Broad Top Railroad is on display at the former home of The Diner on Merchants Row in Middlebury this week during Festival on-the-Green. The display was donated to the Sheldon Museum of History by the former Ferrisburgh resident who built it, Roy Sokolowski. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MIDDLEBURY — As an infant, Roy Sokolowski could hear the train whistles of the Long Island Railroad from his parents’ apartment. From the age of three, he shared a small Lionel Train Set with his grandfather. As he got older, Sokolowski and his family would often take vacations by car to Pennsylvania — the Poconos, Lancaster. On occasion, they would squeeze in a train-related destination like the stop at the East Broad Top Railroad in Orbisonia, Pa.

“The seed was planted,” Sokolowski said of his interest in all-things railroad.

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