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November 18, 2012

Enchanted by trains

Collection brings out the ‘kid’ in adults

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ROSSVILLE —

During their nine-day trip, the Moores took a three-day cruise, and then a bus tour into Canada and Anchorage; at Fairbanks, they rode the glass-domed McKinley Express. They also went to North Pole, Alaska.

The couple is fascinated with steam engines, and has ridden trains in Iowa, New Mexico and Colorado.

The ground floor also features a non-working stove from a railroad house, numerous lanterns and oil cans, railroad signs, a clock that sounds like a train horn on the hour, hats, drawings, photos, articles, books and a refurbished luggage carrier. In addition, there are items reflecting Dewain’s interest in the West, including a John Wayne poster.

Almost real

After taking the elevator to the second floor, a visitor doesn’t know which way to look. Numerous scenes with little people are playing out, and each scene tells a story.

The trains chug past red rocks, adobe buildings and teepees in the West; a cemetery where a worker is digging a grave, anticipating the end of a gunfight going on in a nearby Old West town; a carousel with music and a circus tent; a stream with running water; a couple of farm scenes with corn and hay fields; a ball park with children playing.

Marilyn made the streaked-blue stained glass at the bottom of the stream, which gives it a realistic look. She also put up wallpaper with trees and hills for the background scenery.

M&M Express

In another building, the couple has a 32-foot trailer called the M&M Express, which they take to parades and different events in the area. The trailer has huge windows so people can see the train layouts and miniatures inside; a sound system amplifies the noise from the inside to the outside.

The Moores bought the outfit from a man who had built the trailer and layout, and then they refurbished it with a new ceiling and siding. They’ve taken the trailer to Christmas parades.

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