New Model Railroad Blends in With Reiman Gardens

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AMES, Iowa -- Work has been completed on a new $80,000 model railroad at Reiman Gardens on the campus of Iowa State.

Workers from Applied Imagination spent three days installing a series of rails, trestles and local landmarks on the garden railroad.

The exhibit includes local landmarks, including the ISU Campanile, Beardshear Hall, Morrill Hall, and back to Ames' history with the old Dinkey Rail line which ran between campus and Ames.

"What I love about it, it doesn't matter what age you are, from the very youngest children, all the way up to grandparents, everybody loves trains," said Ed Lyon, who is Director of the Reiman Gardens.

"Everything that you see in here from the trestles and bridges to the structures and buildings are all made out of natural materials," Lyon said. "That fits nicely with what a public garden is about and does."

Applied Imagination hired artists to construct local landmarks from wood. The price tag on some of the buildings are $10,000 to $15,000, as the buildings are constructed with incredible detail.

Lyon said the railroad will be seasonal each year going up normally right before the holidays. It will be an off-season draw to bring people to Reiman during the slower winter months.

This year, the railroad is being installed early as the Applied Imagination crews were booked later in the year.


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