39 RANK MARR & COLTON HYBRID THEATRE PIPE ORGAN
WITH RARE WURLITZER
5 MANUAL CONSOLE
Music Hall at Northlandz Model Train Museum
The 5 Manual
Wurlitzer Console at The Music Hall – Northlandz
controls a 39 rank Marr & Colton Hybrid Theatre Pipe Organ
the creation of GSTOS past President Bruce Williams
Zaccagnino and his late wife Jean.
Situated on 16 acres near Flemington, N.J., it
the largest collection of model trains in the world, displayed in a
modern, multistory building.
The walking tour of this magnificent train display, almost completely
hand built by Bruce, begins at the entrance, winds its way to the
top, and slowly descends again to the main floor. The indoor walking
tour is about a mile in length and takes at least an hour to
negotiate. Along the way you will view as many as 100 model trains
running in many different geographic settings on 8 miles of track.
The suspension bridges, soaring vistas, and gorges are particularly
Bruce began his model train hobby
in his home basement. As his layouts became more and more elaborate,
he would hold open houses during the holidays for friends to view his
work. At one point he even expanded his basement to accommodate a
bigger layout. By the early 1990’s he had built Northlandz,
expanding his layouts even more, and now offers his artistry to the
public in a museum setting.
In addition to viewing the model
trains and scenery, the walking tour passes through Jean’s doll
museum showcasing over 200 dolls, and her “la Peep doll house” (a
94 room mansion). You will also view an Art Gallery showcasing local
Bruce’s theatre “The
located on the ground floor at the center of the venue, comes
complete with an Allen George Wright 4 Manual Digital Theatre Organ,
and a Multi-keyboard Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ (VTPO) consisting of
several synthesizer keyboards and a pedal unit. The Music Hall side
balconies also house a Hammond electronic organ on one side, and a
Rodgers electronic theatre organ on the other.
centerpiece of the Hall, however is a 39 rank Marr and Colton hybrid
Theatre Pipe Organ controlled by a very rare 5 manual Wurlitzer
console. (Wurlitzer only ever made three
of these 5 manual keydesks.)
5 Manual Console
One of only 3
ever built by Wurlitzer
Outside, you can go for a train
ride around the property on Bruce’s private 2/3 scale model steam
railroad, the “Raritan River Railway”.
GSTOS first visited Northlandz on
May 18, 1996 when the Marr and Colton hybrid instrument was featured
at open console. Today Bruce Williams considers his pipe organ a
“museum relic”. The console is on display, but he no longer plays
it in favor of his digital instruments. These are usually presented
on the weekends when Bruce entertains his model train visitors as
they pass through the Music Hall on their walking tours.
Williams Zaccagnino Playing his Allen GW 4 Digital Theatre Organ for
Music Hall Stage at Christmas, featuring
Digital Theatre Organ, Left