Monarch Landing Model Train Club-Full Steam Ahead
Aug 15, 2016 4:55 PM -
A group of Monarch Landing residents have quite a bit in common with rock legend Rod Stewart. Much like the music icon, these gentlemen have a passion for models...Model railroads that is. A long-time model train enthusiast, Rod Stewart has boasted about the 110-foot long train set in his Beverly Hills mansion. This only slightly exceeds the length of the model train track belonging to the DuPage Western Model Railroad (DWMRR) Club at Monarch Landing. The DWMRR Club, which is completely resident-run, permits men (women are also welcome) to continue their lifelong love of trains. Monarch Landing gave the club what is affectionately called the "hall to nowhere" for their exclusive use. The 100-foot long corridor was originally slated to connect an addition to a building that was ultimately never constructed. "When they told us we could have this space, we quickly constructed bench work all the way down to the end of the room so that they couldn't change their minds, or give any of the space to someone else," said Charles (Chuck) Saville, one of the founders of the train club. To date, the first 14-foot section of the track is complete, including among other features, a waterfall, landscaping and a working roundhouse.