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Group wants transportation museum in Greenville

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Drawings of the proposed museum. (Courtesy Frank Ruby/Transportation Museum of the World) Drawings of the proposed museum. (Courtesy Frank Ruby/Transportation Museum of the World)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

To see it in action, if you didn't know any better, you think it might be real - an extensive network of rails and cars, all 1/87th scale in Jon Judd's basement.

The model railroad is his hobby.

"It appeals in different ways to different people, but once you get it all together, it's amazing to participate in," Judd said.

The work at Judd's home is just one example of what a group of model railroad enthusiasts have set their hearts on - doing this on a much larger scale - to make a museum devoted to transportation.

"The Transportation Museum of the World is an educational facility based on transportation, and how transportation infrastructure works around the world," said Frank Ruby, who's leading the project.

Ruby had been wanting to build at the old Sam's Club on Laurens Road in Greenville. But there was a problem.

SLIDESHOW: See the model trains, plans for Greenville museum

"$168,0000 is what we need to meet the requirement for the building. We just don't have that kind of cash coming in right now," Ruby said.

Now, they're kind of starting from scratch, at a different location. Despite what he says is enthusiasm from the city, county and everyone else involved in the project, the money and donations just aren't there.

So they're building again, only smaller.

"It's a good thing to get the kids out from their video games and get them involved in the computers on the trains," Ruby said.

For Judd, he said his adventures on his own railroad serve as a lesson in history, geography and electrical engineering. Judd has made model railroads his hobby for 45 years, and he thinks the educational value of a museum devoted to transportation would be immeasurable.

There is also another group, the Station 187 Model Railroad Club, that is also working with the city of Greenville on another idea for a transportation museum, though we're told that it will be on a smaller scale than Ruby's project.

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