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Arizona Daily Star Article

Ken Karrels and his wife, Mary, left, operate a bed & breakfast and encourage their guests to bring their trains with them when they stay.
 

"...Ken and Mary Karrels' rambunctious Weimaraner Mystic, occasionally bounds through the miniature towns at their northeast-side Double K Ranch. During her puppy chewing phase, she maimed one plastic person and chomped on a horse.

"Having young, active dogs and a garden railway sometimes don't mix," laughed Mary, an artist and dog trainer. Though family legend has it that one of Ken's first words was "choo-choo" and he's collected train memorabilia for years, he didn't begin working on a garden railway until about three years ago.

The Karrels' outdoor tracks jog past a gnarled mesquite tree, a towering saguaro and a palm tree. The train even passes across a bridge raised above a waterfall that cascades into a pool. 

"This is our little oasis," said Ken, a psychologist who, along with Mary, runs a bed-and-breakfast that has a train-themed suite. "We've had people sit there and say their blood pressure drops."

Each scene has special meaning for the Karrels. A schoolhouse is similar to one Mary went to while growing up in Wisconsin. A church, like the one the Karrels got married in, has a sign bearing the date Nov. 14,_their
wedding day.

The Karrels' scenes are intricate as are the trains. Peek through a train car door, and the detail is amazing, from the frosted glass on a restroom to miniature lamps lining the aisles."...

By Kristen Cook
The Arizona Daily Star


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