Train Mountain Triennial

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, June 29 2012 at 4:54 PM, Updated: Fri, June 29 2012 at 5:04 PM

Over a thousand people are expected to visit the world's largest model railroad near Chiloquin this weekend as part of the 'Train Mountain Triennial'.

Steven Sipes of Whittier, California is crazy about trains...

"I just come up to ride - it's just an absolute blast.  I mean, it's just fun."

Train Mountain near Chiloquin has over 36 miles of track.  While many in Southern Oregon have never heard of Train Mountain, it has a world-wide reputation...

Johann Sommer made the trek from Austria:  "This is the world's greatest expedition for model engine here.  So we don't have this in Europe, so must come here."

Simon Briggs made the trip with his locomotive from Australia:  "There was a group of three of us from Australia that shipped our locomotives across by sea in crates, and they left Australia on about the 11th of April, and arrived here at Train Mountain about the 15th of May."

The trains travel on rails just 7 1/2 inches wide, but Steven Sipes will tell you that those rails can carry a lot of magic...

"It's just fun - it's fun."

The Triennial Celebration at Train Mountain near Chiloquin will be continuing through this weekend.  One of the highlights will be the "Big Toot" this Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. 

Train Mountain is located just across Highway 97 from Chiloquin, about a half a mile down South Chiloquin Road.

You'll find more on the web at: 

www.trainmountain.org

www.trainmountaintriennial.org 

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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