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CLICK HERE 1  to view the 3-minute Dec 2011 VIDEO by TV Channel 5 KHPO.

CLICK HERE 2  to view the June 10, 2009 Arizona Republic newspaper article

Quoted from the Arizona Republic article:
  • "John Macrone said Trains for Kids by Isabelle was his wife's idea. She died in January 2005 from lung cancer. Shortly after her death, the children's hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center dedicated the garden in honor of the couple's vision to help comfort children who spend time at the hospital."
CLICK HERE 3  to view layout PHOTOS in a Picasa photo album
  • Layout is currently maintained by John Macrone, Frank Konfost, Walter Kersing, and Brent Phillips.
  • The layout "shuts down" in June, and is not operating during the summer.

Related Links

  • The Arizona Big Train Operators (ABTO) -- This club maintains the other, indoor model railroad at the same hospital.  (The ABTO has no official connection with this  'Trains for Kids by Isabelle' layout.)
  • PhxRail.org -- links to other Phoenix model railroad groups.