Crossville Model Train Club

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's a kids delight, a Pleasantville on the railroad track if you will running up to 20 trains of different sizes.

In a vacant room in the back of the Crossville Outlet Mall is the Crossville Model Railroad Club.

Mike Ferry founded the club over a decade ago.

"I came up here from south Georgia and they were having Depot Days downtown. And I was asking them, where are
the trains?" says Ferry. "They had no trains. That's what really what started the Crossville Model Railroad Club."

Four thousand square feet of nothing but trains, landscapes, itty bitty towns, places and things so minute in detail but nothing that resembles my hometown or any particular town, but sentimental scenes that will throw you back to a wonderful time.

Club members either donated and or painstakingly made the scenery themselves some with a bizarre sense of humor.

Neil Ferency ,Club President, says, "One of the things we really joke about is - and it really is a joke is - just so everybody understands, everybody has heard of Jimmy Hoffa. You know Jimmy Hoffa is missing, nobody knows where he is, etc. well we created we know where Jimmy Hoffa is, this place called Hoffa Cement, and if you look down inside there's a little Jimmy."

"Oh no!", I say.

The passion of model trains runs deep for some, including World War II Navy Vet Charlie Wagner. At 89, the kid in him has never left. Wagner is a volunteer with the club and helps run the trains.

For some it's a hobby, others a passion, or a way of transporting you back to an era when life was simple.

Driving in your neighborhood, I'm the Tennessee Traveler.


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