110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Layout is 50 feet by 27 feet
posted Dec 2, 2013 - 12:16:00pm
Rescue vehicles, red lights flashing, race to the scene of an airplane crash in a lake. Moonshiners in the mountain are gambling — and gambling they won't get caught. A woman beats a rug while her dog looks on, and a hot-dog vendor with his cart works from dawn till dusk. A family gathers around a flickering campfire. Route 66 Diner awaits hungry customers.
These detailed scenes are among those visitors will find at the Blue Springs Railroad model-train display, open now for special holiday open houses.
The Blue Springs Railroad chugs along for the viewing pleasure of visitors. Admission is free, just because "it wouldn't be Christmas without seeing the trains."
The massive model-train layout is at Sons-A-Poppin Ranch, 1610 Park Ave. in Orange City. The railroad is housed in the barn belonging to property owner and model-train enthusiast John Rammacher. Along with seven or eight other model-train lovers, Rammacher imagined and created Blue Springs Railroad, then shared it with the public, especially at annual holiday-season open houses.
According to John, the layout has taken about 10 years to build, and it is always a work in progress. He said more trees, more people, and more scenery can always be added.
Throughout the 50-foot-by-27-foot layout, visitors will see many different types of landscapes. There are the mountains, complete with a thunderstorm, and there are country, city, ocean, and even industrial landscapes. The scenes on the rail line come from different eras and parts of the country, based on the imagination of the builder. However, the builders always try to make their scenes look realistic.
The detailed scenes spark everyone's imagination, and often remind visitors of something they've seen in real life.
One railroad car has traveled more than 7,600 miles, and has ridden on the tracks of model-train-lovers all over the United States. The car traveled as far north as Maine, and as far west as Oregon. A map outside the train room shows just how far the little train car went on its journey, much like traveling real trains do on a daily basis.
The railroad is always open to the public free of charge, but every year during the winter holidays, Blue Springs Railroad stages open houses. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, and Saturday, Dec. 21, the community is invited to enjoy some family time and see the model train in motion.
After all, "It wouldn't be Christmas without seeing the trains."
For more information, call 386-775-2891 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view several YouTube videos of the trains in action by searching for Blue Springs Model Railroad.
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