A man's life laid out in model train tracks

Deep in Frisco’s Discovery Center, a man’s life is laid out in model train tracks in a 3,000-square-foot room. When no one is around, the room is quiet and dark. As the project nears completion, the site of TrainTopia, a new model train exhibit in Frisco, is littered with boxes of unopened railroad cars and locomotives.

“We’re about 95 percent finished right now,” says Bob LaPrelle, CEO of the Museum of the American Railroad. “[It’s] all the little, finite details.”

This one-of-a-kind, $1 million model train exhibit is a reflection of the life of Steve Sanders. He and his wife, Jane Sanders, owned a hobby shop in North Dallas. This is when the massive collection of trains began.

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