Midwest Trains hosts open house, seeks new location


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Posted Online: Nov. 12, 2012, 1:47 pm
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Press release submitted by Midwest Trains Associates


Midwest Trains Associates
1114 State Street
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
(563)-359-1427


The Midwest Trains Model Railroad Club will be hosting an Open House for public viewing from 1:00PM to 5:00PM on Saturday, November 17th, and Sunday, November 18th. The club layout, The River Terminal Railway, will be open and running for the public to visit. The layout is loosely based on the Peoria area in the early 1960s and features the Rock Island, Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy, Chicago & Northwestern, Nickel Plate, New York Central, Toledo, Peoria, & Western, Chicago & Illinois Midland, Illinois Central Gulf, and other railroads that served the area at that time. The layout is largely complete, highly detailed, and occupies approximately 2600 square feet of space, featuring a former Rock Island Union Switch and Signal CTC panel and is DCC controlled.
The Midwest Trains Associates model railroad club built their first model railroad layout in the building at 1114 State Street in Bettendorf in the early 1980s. Club membership has transitioned over the years as has the layout, but the club has been in continuous operation in the same building for over twenty five years, a rarity among model railroad clubs. The current rendition of the layout has been widely regarded as one of the best model railroad layouts in the Midwest, if not the country. Unfortunately, 2012 will likely mark the last year for the club in their present location. The realignment of State Street in Bettendorf in preparation for the I-74 bridge project will cut across the building's north end, prompting the Iowa Department of Transportation to purchase the building for demolition.
The future of the club's layout is uncertain, but the club is currently searching for an alternate space for the layout. If any community members have space available for the club and the layout, please contact the club at 563-359-1427 or Midwest.Trains.Associates@gmail.com.
Members of the press interested in covering the club's open house or the club's quest for a new location would be encouraged to contact the club at the phone or email listed above for an opportunity to view the layout and/or complete an interview for more information.

















 



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