Railroad Club Creates Model Train Sets Of Real Tracks, Cities
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Railroad Club Creates Model Train Sets Of Real Tracks, Cities

August 13, 2019


TO THE NORTH METRO MODEL RAILROAD CLUB. DESPITE THE IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY THERE IS NO FRIEND SIGHT. [MUSIC] YOU JUST WALK IN AND YOU SEE THEIR EYES GET WIDE AND YEP. IT IS THIS BIG. Reporter: IN THE BASEMENT OF AN OLD GROCERY STORE — JUST A TURN OF A DIAL THE TRAIN HERE STARTS MOVING. THE TRACKS HAVE BEEN LAID SO THE TRAINS AND TOWNS CAN COME TO LIFE. EVERYTHING HERE IS MADE POSSIBLE BY LIGHTS, ANIMATION AND HOBBIESTS WHO ALL HAVE A SIMILAR TRAIN OF THOUGHT. IT IS REALLY IMPRESSIVE. I KNOW WHEN I HAD A HOME LAYOUT IT WAS ON A 4X8, ONE CITY, BUT HERE WE HAVE SO MUCH SPACE. TAKING SO LONG TO GET AROUND EVERYWHERE IT IS REALLY, REALLY AMAZING. IT CAN TAKE UP TO HALF AN HOUR OR LONGER FOR A SINGLE TRAIN TO GO AROUND, ABOUT 5,000 SQUARE FEET. IT IS ALL CONNECTED. EACH TOWN IS A REPLICA OF THE CITY IT REPRESENTS. BIG LAKE IS WHERE THE NORTH STAR GETS SERVICED. THEY DO AIR TESTS FOR THE TRAINS TO GO. TARMAN IS A CLUB MEMBER THAT WORKS FOR A RAILROAD. IF THEY MAKE A CHANGE TO THE CITY IT WILL HAPPEN HERE. NORTH STAR IS A PRIME EXAMPLE. IF IT GOES TO ST. CLOUD SOME DAY CAN YOU EXTEND TO ST. CLOUD? YES IT WILL GO BOTH WAYS. IT HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE THE CLUB FIRST LAID ITS TRACKS BACK IN 2011. THERE ARE 40 ACTIVE MEMBERS, DAY JOBS ARE FROM COLLEGE STUDENTS TO POLICE OFFICERS TO REPAIR TECHS AND EACH ONE PLAYS A IMPORTANT ROLL. Reporter: LUMBER INDUSTRY IS THRIVING. WE START TODAY WAS A FULL FOREST AND EVERY SHOW WE KNOCKDOWN 10 TREES. Reporter: THEY ACT AS PLANNERS AND ARTISTS FOR FARM SITES, CITIES, RIVERS, RAIL YARDS. CREATIVITY IS ENCOURAGED. ONE OF OUR GUYS MAKES ALL OF THE TREES, BY HAND. Reporter: THE METAL CAME FROM A CLUB MEMBER THAT CREATES STEEL GUITARS. USE YOUR IMAGINATION AND IT CAN TURN INTO SOMETHING. THE CLOUDS ARE MADE OUT OF CHICKEN WIRE AND PILLOW FILLING. FURTHER PROOF IT IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S TRAIN SET. WE CAN CONTROL IT BY AN APP ON OUR PHONE. Reporter: NEW TECHNOLOGY. IT IS ON AND PRESS AND IT GOES. Reporter: COMPUTER CHIPS HELP SIMON BLOW A WHISTLE AS HE GO THROUGH. A LOT OF THEM ARE SUPER DETAILED. I PUT HOURS INTO SOME OF MINE ADD DETAILS AND MAKING IT LOOK MORE LIKE THE REAL THING. Reporter: THE CLUB SPENT $8, $EIGHT — $80,000. THERE IS STILL PLENTY OF ROOM FOR MORE TOWNS, CITIES, CLUB MEMBERS, NO TELLING WHERE THE TRACKS WILL END. IT IS NOT DONE. NEVER DONE. YOU CAN ALWAYS ADD DETAILS,

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  • Reply Lutari Neo June 9, 2019 at 11:22 am

    interesting points ,if anyone else wants to uncover model railroad layouts try Panlarko Amazing Railroad Planner (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my work buddy got cool success with it.

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