It Was 50 Years Ago
February 11, 1964
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It was 50 years ago when The Beatles took America by storm in February 1964. To commemorate that historic moment in cultural history, the Whippany Railway Museum has created two new displays that feature The Fab Four.
After their initial, historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles and their entourage had plans in place to fly to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 11th. This was ahead of their first full concert in America at the Washington Coliseum later that evening, but a heavy fast-moving snowstorm early in the morning of the 11th crippled the New York City-area airports, forcing a last-minute change. It was decided to transport the group via the "Midday Congressional" of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Two new very special exhibits have been set up in the Museum to commemorate this day in NJ railroad history. The display called: "Ticket To Ride - The Beatles Travel on the Pennsylvania Railroad" revolves around the band's rail trip to and from Washington, D.C. on February 11 & 12, 1964.
Our indoor model railroad display has a New York City scene showing the Ed Sullivan Theatre in the center, with the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building flanking the theatre. The Beatles take "center stage" in the lower foreground and the scene depicts the "arrow" stage set for The Beatles on their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964.
Model builder Brian Nunes-Vais and his wife Mary Ann created the entire model scene, and worked from 1964 photos and Sullivan Show set design drawings to create the miniature stage.
The two exhibits featuring The Beatles will be on view until the end of May 2014. Doors open for the 2014 Season on Sunday, April 6th. The displays will be available for viewing every Sunday until the end of May. Why not bring the kids and show them a bit of railroad rock and roll history ?