Goudy’s model train back on track at His­tor­i­cal cen­tre

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted mailphoto by Patrick Ko­lafa

The Bad­lands His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum, more than any other in­sti­tu­tion in the val­ley, cel­e­brates char­ac­ters that have coloured the his­tory of the val­ley. This year they ac­quired a great ad­di­tion to its dis­play in re­mem­brance of Jim Goudy.

It took over 600 man hours but the mu­seum was able to get Goudy’s HO model train set rolling down the track.

Jim Goudy passed away in 2014. He was well known in the com­mu­nity af­ter set­tling in the val­ley with his fam­ily in the 1970’s. He has a long ca­reer as a civil en­gi­neer and later opened Sun Val­ley Farms in the val­ley.

Upon re­tire­ment he found a cre­ative and con­struc­tive out­let in build­ing model trains. The fam­ily de­cided to do­nate the train set af­ter he passed away.

“He worked on it for six years,” his daugh­ter Tracy Lee Shan­non told “the Mail”. “I worked on it with my dad for years off and on. I’m an artist so I did some of the back­ground and paint­ing.”

The dis­play is im­pres­sive with hand­crafted build­ings and land­scapes. Hav­ing lived the ma­jor­ity of his life in Al­berta, the dis­play re­flects much of his ex­pe­ri­ence. It is based on a 1950’s vil­lage. The coal his­tory and the prairie life are re­flected. Over 90 per cent of the build­ings were built by hand.

Shan­non worked closely with Chris­tine Jakubowsky, a vol­un­teer at the mu­seum to con­nect some of the his­tory re­flected in the dis­play.

One big com­po­nent is the fam­ily home in Olds, where Goudy raised his fam­ily prior to com­ing to the val­ley. The big yel­low house was built in 1904 and the fam­ily lived in the home dur­ing the 1960’s and 70’s. To­day it is called the Au­berge Brown House and op­er­ates as a bed and breafast

“There is lots of there,” said Shan­non.

To get the dis­play out of Goudy’s base­ment and into the mu­seum was a con­certed ef- his­tory fort. It came out in three pieces and was re­assem­bled, fit­ting into a se­ries of dis­play cases at the Mu­seum. Pat Thomp­son took on the task and had a crash course in model rail­way­ing.

“It had to be bro­ken down to fit in the cab­i­nets. Once he got it in, he had to re­build the tracks and get the en­gines op­er­at­ing,” said chair of the Bad­lands His­tor­i­cal Cen­tre Sher­esse Thomp­son. “He re­built the struc­tures and did the de­tail work on the scenery.”

He logged over 600 hours putting the set to­gether.

The rail­way is now on dis­play and the mu­seum is work­ing on plan­ning a grand un­veil­ing in the near fu­ture.

Jim Goudy with his train set. Re­cently his fam­ily do­nated Bad­lands His­tor­i­cal Cen­tre. it to the

Jim Goudy’s model His­tor­i­cal Cen­tre. rail­road is now on track at the Bad­lands

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