All aboard the model train show

Austin M.
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Keaton Clark, 5, and his brother Lachlan, 3, spent some time looking at the Lego model trains at the model train show on Sunday.

The Moose Jaw Western Development Museum was packed with people – and model trains – this weekend.

The annual Thunder Creek Model Train show, presented by the Moose Jaw Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club, had displays from across the prairie provinces and people of all ages excited to see all of the detail put into the layouts.

Though it’s fun to look at, the exhibitors who pack up their modules and travel to show them off take it pretty seriously.

“I’ve been interested in trains about 20 years now. Started when my brother gave my son a model railroad set. My son never got interested but I was hooked,” said Bill Stahl of Regina.

Stahl works with four other men to create a model of Guffey, Colorado circa 1912.

Guffey now has a population of 26 but was a booming mining town 100 years ago.

Stahl said the model is historically accurate, all the way down to the Teddy Roosevelt campaign headquarters complete with replica campaign posters.

The attention to detail of the scenery is what makes the hobby so fascinating, Stahl said.

For more on this story, read Monday's edition of the Times-Herald.


Organizations: Moose Jaw Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club

Geographic location: Thunder Creek, Colorado

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