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Model trains invade Huntley for the holidays

The holiday model train display can be viewed at Prairie Lodge in Del Webb's Sun City retirement community throughout the holiday season. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

The holiday model train display can be viewed at Prairie Lodge in Del Webb's Sun City retirement community throughout the holiday season. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

Model trains have made their way to Huntley for the eighth annual holiday display at Del Webb’s Sun City retirement community.

The Kishwaukee Valley & Eakin Creek Model Railroad Club has brought more than $18,000 worth of trains and equipment to Prairie Lodge, located at 12880 Del Webb Blvd.

The trains have been on display since the day after Thanksgiving, and will be open until the first of the year, according to Don Espeseth, president of the club. The display can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

“This is really for the kids,” Espeseth said. “A lot of people like to see the trains and the kids love it.”

The club was chartered in 2002 and uses the lower level of the Mill Grove Workshop at Sun City for storage and a meeting place.

The display covers more than 500 square feet and is 5-feet tall, run by 12 power packs.

(PHOTOS: Model trains roll into town.)

In total, the club has more than $100,000 worth the trains and equipment, Espeseth said. The holiday display represents several trains owned by members, as well as buildings owned by the club.

The event also serves as the club’s only fundraiser. A raffle for three Polar Express O gauge trains will be held in the lodge at 4 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickers cost $2 each or six for $10.

Last year, the event raise more than $1,500 for the club.

Following the holiday display, the group will host an open house event May 20, which will also includes an outdoor model railroad display.

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