Model railroad on the right track in Jefferson City

1 year 2 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, November 11 2018 Nov 11, 2018 Sunday, November 11, 2018 6:42:00 PM CST November 11, 2018 in News
By: Alayna Chapie, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - There may be 7,000 feet of model train track in their backyard for people to come see, but the railroad isn't all Randy and Kenneth Hackman have to offer mid-Missouri. 

The father and son are known for helping those with cancer, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and leukemia.

One service was loaning cars out to patients.

"I think four at one time to cancer patients to make it to and from their treatments," Randy Hackman said. 

Kenneth Hackman said the family has helped eight people stay off drugs.  

Recovering addict Derek Maddox said has been helping at the O.c. Railroad Hobby Store since last summer.

"I just couldn't get a job down there and I came up here and I busted my butt and he has kept me since," Maddox said. 

The O.c. (Old codger's) Railroad is a club of train lovers who came together to help the Hackman's build their track.

It started after Kenneth Hackman's wife died.

"My mom passed away and he gave up," Randy Hackman said. "And I said 'Dad I'm going to build a little railroad out front and you can watch the trains go by and run a train at the same time."

But, what started as a ten-year project has hit a few roadblocks.

"My dad got pneumonia, I have had heart problems and heart compilations due to stress, running the railroad and our new hobby shops in multiple different states and five funerals," Randy Hackman said. 

Still, the goal is lofty: 48,000 feet of track, five lakes, 30 bridges and five tunnels. 

Randy Hackman said it's all based on the Colorado narrow gage. 

The plan is that someone from each state will build a piece of the railroad and ship it to Jefferson city. 

"We are bring Colorado to the state of Missouri via 50 states," Randy Hackman said. 

The cites, bridges, rivers and mountains replicate those in Centennial State.

"Our biggest mountain is Pikes Peak. It's about the size of a living room, dining room and kitchen of normal house. It's at its tallest elevation at 17 and a half feet tall," Randy Hackman said.

The railroad doesn't just run outside, but moves through the basement as well. It's the cite of a miniature Colorado City.

Kenneth Hackman said the labor of love started from a train set and train magazines. 

He said he spent hours on each building.

"That one building I had on the kitchen table and everybody wondered what it was going to be," he said. "It all came pretty natural to me." 

The O.c. Railroad will be open for events, birthdays and the general public in 2019. For more information go to the O.c. Railroad Facebook page.

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