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11th Annual Holiday Train Displays Spark Joy at Wind Crest

December 20, 2018

Wind Crest is full of holiday cheer this month thanks to residents in the Model Railroad Club and a few of Santa's helpers.

About 20 residents worked together to build three beautiful holiday train displays in locations throughout the community. With themes like The North Pole, Christmas in the City, and Alpine Village, each display has a different look and feel, but each one enhances the entire community's enjoyment of the holiday season.

The intricate set-ups are designed and constructed by residents led by the community's Model Railroad Club. Other residents, including retired electrical and aeronautical engineers, lend their expertise to get the details and mechanics working just right.

The team comes together each year towards the end of the summer to begin working on the displays. This is the 11th year in a row that Jim Murphy has helped create the holiday villages; he was part of the original group who started the tradition, having moved to Wind Crest two days after the community opened.

"It all started with one display and as the community has grown, so have the models. Nowadays, we're thrilled to have such a great group of model train enthusiasts and talented residents to work together on the project," said Murphy. "It's a real team effort and a lot of fun. We especially love seeing the look on kids' faces when they visit Wind Crest during the holidays; they just love to see the trains wind through the villages."

Wind Crest's Model Railroad Club meets twice a week, on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings, and work on various projects throughout the year. For many, it's a unique opportunity to pick back up with a hobby they didn't have as much time to enjoy before retirement and to meet new friends.

The displays, which have been up since Thanksgiving, will be available for viewing through the New Year. The group is already busy dreaming up new themes for next year's set-up!

About Wind Crest: Wind Crest, one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 84-acre campus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The community is located in Douglas County and is home to more than 1,300 residents who are supported by a team of more than 600 employees. Additional information about Wind Crest can be found at