Love of model trains endures from 8 to 80

Rocky Mountain Region of the National Model Railroad Association show attracts model railroaders of all ages

Dave Woosley said his grandson, Brennen Gunther, was "doomed" to like model trains - both of the 10-year-old's grandfathers are enthusiasts.

Brennen seems to have embraced it: "It's fun - there's action," he said Saturday afternoon, while remaining intently focused on controlling a train around an elaborate layout, complete with scenery.

Woosley, who lives in Colorado Springs, is a member of the Pikes Peak "N" Gineers, a local model railroad club.

Jack Sousa, one of the vendors, said he appreciates the effort that goes into creating railroad layouts for the model trains.

"It's looking at the scenes that they have depicted, and how they did it ... the craftsmanship of them doing things," he said. The 75-year-old local has been going to this convention every year for the past decade, but he also attends others. Next week, he'll attend one in Kansas.

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