Not your average model train

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By Cindy Simpson

A large model train constructed by late Oliver Springs resident Staples Cross recently made a long trip home from South Carolina


What’s so special about it?

“The mudflaps, everything, is made out of wood,” said Pat Crowe. Cross is believed to have spent 400 hours making the train.

Dorothy Kelly, the wife of Cross’ nephew Billy Kelly, decided to donate the train to the Oliver Springs Historical Society upon her husband’s death.

“She said she felt it was where it belonged in Oliver Springs,” said Carolyn Kelly of the historical society.

Carolyn Kelly, a relative of the Kellys, said Cross made model trains after retiring from the railroad himself.

He made three, including the approximately 6-feet-long green train modeled after a Union Pacific fancy passenger train engine. The others were stored at Christmas Lumber and were destroyed when the Harriman business burned.

Members of the historical society drove to South Carolina to retrieve the model.