Sacramento Modular Railroaders thanked for almost a decade of service to UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Members from the Sacramento Modular Railroaders group pose for a picture with Dr. Kevin Coulter in the UC Davis pediatric specialty clinic.

Dr. Kevin Coulter of UC Davis Children’s Hospital with the Sacramento Modular Railroaders.

It’s been close to 10 years since the Sacramento Modular Railroaders began tending to the train in the pediatric specialty clinic at the UC Davis Glassrock Building. In honor of the group’s commitment to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, they were recognized by hospital administration.

“Your passion and generosity make a huge difference to the kids we take care of,” said UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s vice chair of clinical affairs Kevin Coulter, as he addressed the group. “It’s a huge gift to give patients something that interrupts their worry.”

The Sacramento Modular Railroaders took over for another railroad club back in 2011 and have routinely cleaned the track and repaired the equipment ever since.

“We rebuild and refurbish every couple months,” said Bob Warner, part of the Glassrock train “crew” since the club took over. “It usually takes two of us to service it. One on the ladder and the other on the ground to catch him,“ he quipped.

A highlight of going to the doctor’s office, the train has been a welcome sight for patients and caregivers alike.

Ceiling mounted modular railroad track with yellow engine and three yellow train cars.

This train at the UC Davis Glassrock Building has been a fixture for decades.

“These trains are fantastic for nervous children and parents,” said Janette Lee, chief administrative officer at UC Davis Health. “It’s a distraction, even if only for a moment.”

“See that? When we see a child enter the waiting area and say, ‘Ohhhhh,’ like that boy just did … that’s why we do it,” added Warner.

But this passion project provides more than a moment of awe. The train – there are four in rotation, including a holiday train, and the direction of travel changes every couple of months – runs continually and people visit the second floor to see it, even if they don’t have an appointment.

“I’ve been here 17 years and kids just love it. Once they know it’s here, they continue to stop by,” said Jodie Gallegos, supervisor of pediatric ambulatory services.  “They come off the elevator just to check it out.”

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