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Riding the Rails

Updated: Nov 14, 2012 03:19 PM CST

There are 250 feet of track. A passenger train, and two freight trains weave their way through an Alpine village. The model railroad layout is the Festival Express, and you can see this unique display at the Festival of Trees in Davenport.

The trains are Garden scale. Employees from KJWW Engineering in Rock Island worked together to build the display. One of the business owners has been a train enthusiast for years, and adds to the collection. Hundreds of hours were spent working on the design and setup.

The train display first appeared at the Festival in 2001. The train cars and engines are made in Germany. The display changes every year.

The village features churches, a school, beer garden, bakery, post office, and other buildings.

Electrical engineer Richard Vedvik designed all the controls and wired the display from scratch. He says it took about thirty five hours to do the wiring.

The dining car on the passenger train lights up. There are street lights, and also lights in buildings. Small cameras built into the display take pictures of the trains from various angles.

For a dollar, kids will be allowed to operate the trains. Money raised will be donated to Quad City Arts.  All aboard! The Festival Express is waiting for you at the RiverCenter in Davenport.