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  • Union Station model train display damaged in Thursday's floods

    The violent storms that tore through Denver late this week flooded basements, stalled cars and even derailed one of the city's smallest hidden treasures.

    The Platte Valley & Western Model Railroad Club's model train display, located in the basement of Union Station, was damaged during Thursday's rainstorm and will be closed until the end of August, according to a news release from the club.

    There were 3 to 4 inches of mud and water in the room at the peak of the storm. Some of the command and control systems were destroyed as well as several display modules and scenery pieces located in a storage room.

    The Platte Valley track, begun in 1980, is the newer of two layouts in the station basement. Colorado Midland, run by the Denver Society of Model Railroaders, has been in the basement since the 1930s. The Midland layout is closed in the summer and no damage report was available on Saturday.

    The Platte Valley train display is in a room that was once used as the jail at Union Station in the 1900s. It was remodeled to house scale model railroads depicting Rocky Mountain railroading in the 1950s.

    The display spans more than 1,000 feet of track showing trains traveling on the Platte Valley & Western Railroad's Rocky Mountain Division, also known as the Route of the Flying Buffalo. The track winds through eight communities.

    Anyone interested in helping with the clean-up and repairs can email the club at floodhelp@pvwrr.org.

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    • Original Author The Denver Post
    • Source http://www.denverpost.com/
    • Publication Date July 9, 2011

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  • marty makarick
    marty makarick sorry to hear about the damage , looks like a beautiful set up
    July 11, 2011