After a long hiatus largely due to COVID-19, Salvatore Soldano will be re-opening his model train display at 2082 Overbrook Drive in Wall for the public to see.
Located on the second floor of the building behind his house, the event will be on Dec. 4, from 12 to 4 p.m., and features Mr. Soldano’s model train display, a project that took close to seven years to complete.
Construction began in 2011, but Mr. Soldano’s collection started long before that, when he received his first Lionel train set for christmas as a baby.
He estimates that his collection now holds about 250 engines and between 1,200 to 1,400 cars, many of which line the walls of the display room.
Some are from his childhood, and others he acquired over time from train shows and online vendors.
Originally, Mr. Soldano opened up his display for special needs children, but later decided to extend the event to the public.
“Let’s say you were fortunate enough to own a Van Gogh and you had it in your house. And every once in a while you walk by with a cup of coffee, and you look at it, and then it’s over, right? Something like this is meant to be shared and looked at just like a work of art,” said Soldano.
This year, Mr. Soldano is partnering with Bridging the Gap to use the foot traffic for good.
While the display itself remains free, viewers are encouraged to donate to the organization, which helps veterans adjust to civilian jobs.
The organization opened in 2016 to “help veterans get jobs and educate them, help them with their resumes; the whole employment life cycle,” says Mr. Ferraro.
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