Rossville couple's open houses put train enthusiasts on track for fun

Rossville couple's open houses put train enthusiasts on track for fun

ROSSVILLE — If you didn't get that model train set you wanted for Christmas this year, you might want to visit Dewain and Marilyn Moore this week.

The rural Rossville couple are model-train enthusiasts, and again this year, M&M Trains is holding an open house from noon to 4 p.m. daily through Jan. 31.

The Moores are inviting anyone who would like to see their locomotive displays, which fill a stand-alone two-story building on their property west of Rossville at 36078 North 880 East Road.

M&M Trains stands for Moore and Moore, because it's a hobby they both have shared for years.

When their kids were in high school, the Moores saw a model-train layout in Indiana that inspired them to buy a set, and the hobby took off from there. Their set-up started in their living room, Dewain Moore said, and eventually outgrew that space.

So, about 10 years ago, they built a separate building just for their G-scale trains, which are larger-sized models that can run indoors or outdoors. He said they are also referred to as garden trains.

Their displays are more than just trains, depicting scenes from different time periods as well as various landscapes from the eastern U.S. to the western parts of the country.

During their open house, which is free to the public, the Moores will have five sets running — some upstairs, some downstairs.

The Moores take their G-scale trains on the road to various events during the summer with their mobile display unit, but they started the open house at their property during the holidays a few years ago.

Dewain Moore said it's a good time, because the kids are out of school.

"It's enjoyable watching the kids watch the trains," he said.

But he admits that some who are kids at heart love watching the trains just as much as the little ones.

"Some of them are in the 70s," he said with a laugh.

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