The Halkirk Prairie Short Line Club operates what they describe as the nation’s largest scale model, set up in detail in a quonset in the community. Mark Weber/Stettler Independent

Halkirk features intricate indoor model train display

The Halkirk Prairie Short Line Club is behind the project

If in the Halkirk area, check out an amazingly-crafted, intricate indoor model train display set up at 126 Alberta Ave.

The Halkirk Prairie Short Line Club operates what they describe as the nation’s largest 1:29 scale model, set up in amazing detail in a quonset at the site.

The Club holds open houses of the display from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, said Nicholas Teekman, the Club’s secretary. The temperature in the quonset has to be at a particular point for the model to operate as it should.

“It was originally built seven years ago for the Halkirk Centennial, so this is the community’s Centennial Legacy Project,” he said. “The Village of Halkirk council gave us permission to use the building, and we are very thankful and grateful for that.”

There are 11 members in the Halkirk Prairie Short Line Club, and Teekman describes it as being a community resource.

Currently, more is being done with the train model’s ongoing development with the addition of more tracks and more pieces to the display.

The craftsmanship truly is striking, with elements of a community carefully constructed along with meticulous design of terrain including hills and mountains complete with tunnels the trains come barrelling through.

“It’s creative and it sort of shows the community that we are in right here with some of the displays,” he said of his own observations of the project. He said kids in particular get a kick out of it as it’s essentially ‘eye-level’ for the younger set.

“Most people are impressed and really like it.”

For more information, call 587-899-1080.

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