Largest model railroad display in the Midwest comes to Duluth

The 180-foot long model train was made up of 28 model railroad modules
Model railroad enthusiasts from several states will meet in Duluth this weekend to assemble and operate a train set that will fill the entire Great Hall of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, the Depot. The 180 foot train was assembled by eight model railroad enthusiasts using 28 modules.

 

One enthusiast is Shane Lambert, who has been working with model trains for 40 years.

"I got my first trainset when I was five and have never been not doing it," Lambert said. "My dad got me into trains and I've always wanted to build a scene where I could do something exactly like this and put detail into it so it looks real."

 

The layouts are built to a 1:87 scale. The modelers who create them build versions for prototypical operations and feature realistic scenery. Viewers are encouraged to closely examine each scene to catch all the different nuances of life built into each backdrop as the train goes by.

It's the biggest model display in the Midwest and will be exhibited through Sunday.

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