There are eight train sets running around the layouts.
The chugging trains appeal to all ages — from children who are enchanted with the moving “toys” to adults who fondly remember the role that trains played in their lives.
Dr. John Mason of Danville, a frequent visitor, said, “Fascination with trains is a strong tie between young and old, and I couldn’t wait for my boys and my grandchildren to see it. I could then tell them about seeing passenger trains stop in Rossville, watching the station manager V.C. Railsback click Morse Code and stack mail on trains or my trip to California to visit grandparents by train in 1934.
“It is a special place that helps bring memories and re-live history.”
Mason first heard about the collection while taking friends, David and Margot Bulmer of Olney, England, on a tour of farming around Rossville. While Mason and the visitors were watching Kevin Moore farm, Dwain came up and mentioned his collection. The Bulmers have an interest in trains, and went to see it.
The guests were awe-struck by the collection. “We were blown away with all the artifacts downstairs and then he (Dewain) led us upstairs and soon trains were running,” Mason said. “The painstaking attention to detail with crops growing, smokestacks, waterfall, mountains, and even a gunfight was something.”
Attention to detail
The Moores are always upgrading the layouts, too.
This past summer, they took a trip to Alaska and the Yukon, and enjoyed the scenery so much that they built a section reflecting that beauty. That section — on the ground floor — has miniature black bears and moose, Mounted Police, a tunnel, fir trees, a mountain, a sign for the North Pole, and an extra track on the bottom (there already was a track on top).