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Ski train to make its return (in miniature)

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi News
Granby, CO Colorado

The holidays seem to bring out the child in many of us, which is perhaps why model train displays are so popular around Christmas.

For three years, the Grand County Model Railroad Club has been setting up a holiday display in Granby Town Hall. The exhibit delights children and raises awareness about the clubs efforts to raise money for the Moffat Road Railroad Museum, said president Dave Naples, who was busy last week painting details onto mountainscapes in the front lobby of town hall.

This year, the display will feature two O-Scale Lionel tracks on loan from club member J.R. Farver – a holiday classic according to Naples. A HO-guage standard club track will also be running.

The Rio Grande Ski Train will fly through a miniature Moffat Tunnel, crisscrossing with the Polar Express, the Hogwarts Express and other classic trains over the holiday.

Along the way, there will be a many added gadgets, from moving ice skaters to a workable water tower.

This year, the 12-by-16 foot display is not only bigger but taller. Naples said the added height will keep little hands away from the delicate trains. Benches will be available to give kids a better view of the trains as they pass by.

“Really it’s for perpective. You get a better experience looking at model trains if you look at it at eye level. It’s the same for adults,” he said. “Part of this display is to get people interested in model railroading and join the club.”

Naples and the 16 other active club volunteers will spend more than 100 hours working on the set to have it ready to open by Dec. 1 (an exact schedule has yet to be announced).

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or

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