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Kenneth Hackman, standing, and his son, Randy, have been hard at work in the yard of their Elston home as they prepare a layout for a garden railroad. Here, Randy digs an area outlined in white that will eventually be a small lake for the railroad. It will be named Rusk Lake after the neighbor who loaned them the tractor for the work. Some will create scale buildings for the project and can name those stores, stations and depots as they choose. They hope to have the rail in place and trains on the track to premier July 5, 2014.

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Volunteers for the project would be welcome

After spending nearly a decade to transform their basement into a model railroad wonderland, Randy and Kenneth Hackman are starting to construct what they believe will be the second largest outdoor garden railroad in the nation.

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