Model Trains help local ALS Association

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) It's almost lunch time and office workers on the third floor of the Airport Gardens office building may have one eye on the clock. But up above their desks, another means of marking the passage of their work day rolls past--a model train--a replica of the Southern Pacific Daylight.

"Sometimes I'll set my watch to it and try to time it or piece out a calculation to see how much track he has," says Scott Menath of Menath Insurance.

The train traverses the entire third floor, peeking in and out of offices, running the length of the atrium.

At somewhere in the neighborhood of 900 feet, it may be the most extensive suspended model railway anywhere. And it's the expression of one man's lifelong passion for trains.

"Whether it's a little train or a big train, it's just a magical thing," says building owner Hawley McLean.

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