All aboard! The Lyons “Pioneer Express” is leaving this weekend on Platform 71 for a trip to fantasy and wonder. Don’t miss it.
Most people who live in Lyons are aware that the railroad played a large part in the development of the town. Beginning in the late 19th century/early 20th century with the Stanley Hotel is Estes Park bringing tourist in, and the Lyons’ quarries transporting sandstone out, and continuing to this day with the Depot Library, there has always been a rich railroad history here. What not many people realize is, that we have what has been described as, “the finest model railroad garden in northern Colorado,” right here in our back yard.
Local model train builder/enthusiast Steve Haskew and his wife Anne (she is a garden designer) are hosting open house this weekend to share his wonderful model train layout and her garden with
the public. Haskew has spent twenty-six years building and refining his incredible model train lay-out, which he only opens it to the public a few times a year. The open house will be held on Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 788 Pioneer Rd (in Spring Gulch). To get there, take Highway 36 to County Road 71 (at the span bridge at the top of Apple Valley), then follow the signs. Since this is a private residence, parking is limited, and carpooling encouraged.