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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)--  If you make tracks for West County you might feel like you're in the city of St. Louis.

"Where would we be if we were downtown?" asks Patrick Clark.

"We're on the 7th street side," says Charles Taylor.  "The other side is Locust Street."

The former Famous Barr and Macys holiday train display has found a new home.

"We were so proud to have the train for the last 25 years and to be able to find a home for it here at the Museum of Transportation is just really great to be able to carry on the legacy," says Macy`s Visual Director Duane Tramel.

The train tradition started back in the 1950's at the old Famous Barr store.

It had resurgence in 1988 and remained in place until that location closed in august of this year.

"We had no idea how much the public liked this layout," says Taylor.  

To add to the already impressive amount of trains and tracks, the American flyer s gauge club built this behemoth next door.

"G scale on the bottom number one gauge, two loops and then there's standard gauge which is about 80 years old in the middleand then the top is a traditional Lionel O gauge," says train enthusiast John Brophy.

And don't forget the original.

"Four hundred square feet of surface area," says Taylor.  "There's over 400 linear feet of track, six trains run at the same time.  Certainly nostalgia but there's also the history of it.  Railroads made this country."

And these railroads have a new ho-h- home for the holidays thanks to the museum of transportation and a lot of volunteers.

"Actually this is kind of a dream come true cause I always wanted to build a big display that somebody could seeand this is nice," says Brophy.

"Yeah, and it'll get bigger," laughs Bob O'Neill.

Bigger yes, but still 1/64th the size of the real thing.

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