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Model trains on display at the Midvale Museum

Jan 23, 2020 03:04PM ● By Sarah Morton Taggart

Gary Petersen (right) shows a child how to start and stop a model train at the Midvale Museum as his son, Marty Petersen, looks on. (Sarah Morton Taggart/City Journals)

By Sarah Morton Taggart | [email protected]

Trains are an important part of Midvale’s history. And for the first time, a working model train collection is on display at the Midvale Museum.

The display is more than 30 feet long and includes crisscrossing tracks, mountains, and a small town. “The mountains are supposed to be the Swiss Alps, but they look like Big Cottonwood,” said Marty Petersen. Petersen is a volunteer with E-Mo Rails of Utah, the model train club that assembled the tracks.

A group of 20 young adults volunteered to move all the models and tracks from Petersen’s home to the Midvale Historical Society & Museum located at 7697 S. Main St.

The display is open for the public to view every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. through the end of March. Groups are also welcome to contact Bill Miller at the museum to arrange visits at other times.

“We’ve stayed busy past closing on Saturdays,” Petersen said. “People will just walk in to see.”