Loveland Good Samaritan Society residents celebrate model railroad with 'golden spike' ceremony

LOVELAND, C.O. — The final spike was hammered home to complete Loveland’s newest stretch of freight rail on Wednesday.

But the one-and-three-quarter-inch-wide railroad won’t be connecting the city to any hubs of industry any time soon. Instead, the Good Samaritan Model Railroad, inspired by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, is contained entirely within a 20 feet by 30 feet miniature railyard on the campus of the Good Samaritan Society senior living community in south Loveland.

Its 10-wheeled mini freight locomotive will run around the circa-1900 model Western town (christened “Loveland Village”) and nature scene two days a week during the warm months, Jim Mount, president and co-founder of the Railroad Club at Good Samaritan, said.

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