OVERLAND, MO (KPLR) - Dan Schmidt is not your average railroad tycoon. He has a tiny empire in Overland he calls Dan's Emerald Forest.
"I put the waterfall in 15 years ago where my front steps used to be. Then two years later decided to give the trains a try." said Dan Schmidt.
That was 13 years ago. But he knew he was on track with his hobby when he tunneled through his foundation so the rail line could come inside at night, out of the elements.
"I try to add a new building or some special effect every year now. I've done as much as I can with the track." said Dan Schmidt.
Dan wound up building his own train town, much to the delight of children everywhere. This is where you'll find him, every night.
"Just stand out here and you know, tell people what it's all about and see the children's faces. It brings it all together, you know." said Dan Schmidt.
He's a good conductor of Christmas cheer.
Patrick Clark, News 11.