Riding the Rails - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Riding the Rails

Updated: Nov 14, 2012 03:19 PM CST
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Taking ALS Ice Bucket Challenge A Step Further

    Taking ALS Ice Bucket Challenge A Step Further

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:33:06 GMT
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a charitable craze that is sweeping the nation, and now, one local man is taking it one step further. He is using the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a woman who lost her husband to the disease and her ongoing fight to one day find a cure.More >>
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a charitable craze that is sweeping the nation, and now, one local man is taking it one step further. He is using the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a woman who lost her husband to the disease and her ongoing fight to one day find a cure.More >>
  • Boil Order For Parts Of Geneseo

    Boil Order For Parts Of Geneseo

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:28:16 GMT
    The City of Geneseo has issued a boil order for parts of the city. All residents south of Chestnut St. from Oakwood Ave. south to Interstate 80 are under the boil order.More >>
    The City of Geneseo has issued a boil order for parts of the city. All residents south of Chestnut St. from Oakwood Ave. south to Interstate 80 are under the boil order.More >>
  • "Worst Storm In 20 Years" People In Rock Falls And Morrison, IL Still Without Power

    "Worst Storm In 20 Years" People In Rock Falls And Morrison, IL Still Without Power

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:25:41 GMT
    Thousands lost power for a while and there was some damage from downed trees and power lines...More >>
    Thousands lost power for a while and there was some damage from downed trees and power lines...More >>

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.

 

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.