Maryville Model Railroad Club displays tiny town at Blount County Tennessee Historical Museum

Welcome to Laurelville, a small town situated within the confines of the Blount County Historical Museum in Maryville.

Laurelville and its environs are the creations of Maryville Model Railroad Club members and are based on historical Maryville and Alcoa, with a nod to the Knoxville train yards, Friendsville marble quarries, the rolling agricultural landscape, lakes and cold mountain streams of Blount County. Naturally, the railroad is the focal point, with working model trains — a CSX engine pulling eight cars and a Louisville & Nashville (L&N) engine pulling 12 cars — on a double loop system that spans two levels and allows the trains to cross deep gorges and pass through tunnels.

The trains run throughout the countryside, past the working marble quarry, animals grazing in the fields, fruit trees laden with apples ready to pick, corn, boaters on a still lake, people fishing in a clear mountain stream. The journey continues past an industrial plant based on ALCOA Inc., complete with cranes and heavy equipment excavating for a pipeline.

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Laurelville itself is the next scene, a typical small town with the church, school, city hall, banks, filling station, hotel, general store, five-and-dime store, ice and coal company, pool hall and more. Just beyond the town is the train yard, freight station and depot.

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