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Israelite House of David - The Rectangular Track

         

This map represents the rectangular track layout that became the standard for the park's later history.  Trains ran counterclockwise over the entire layout.  This configuration maximized the people moving capacity of the rail system.  Multiple trains could be run during peak passenger periods without danger of accidents.  This route's circumnavigation of the perimeter of the park also gave passengers a grand tour of the grounds and a view of almost everything in the park.  The trestles were popular vantage points to view the attractions in the valley portion of the park from the trains while the trains traveling high over head were a spectacle for the visitors in the park.  The trains were so popular that the south depot area of the park became the major entrance to the park.  Although constructed as the main park entrance the Archway building on the north side of the valley became more of a back door.

This map represents the rectangular track layout that became the standard for the park's later history.  Trains ran counterclockwise over the entire layout.  This configuration maximized the people moving capacity of the rail system.  Multiple trains could be run during peak passenger periods without danger of accidents.  This route's circumnavigation of the perimeter of the park also gave passengers a grand tour of the grounds and a view of almost everything in the park.  The trestles were popular vantage points to view the attractions in the valley portion of the park from the trains while the trains traveling high over head were a spectacle for the visitors in the park.  The trains were so popular that the south depot area of the park became the major entrance to the park.  Although constructed as the main park entrance the Archway building on the north side of the valley became more of a back door.

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