The Wells Express Railroad is located at Wells Motor Company. When the Wells family was in the process of designing their new dealership, thought was given to having something unusual and entertaining for their customers such as waterfalls, fountains, etc.
While Stanley Wells was in Detroit visiting his daughter, Sarah Jane, who was attending Chrysler’s Dealer School, they saw a suspended model railroad traveling into the concourse area of a huge mall. This started the ball rolling.
The railroad has approximately 200 feet of G-Scale brass rail track, which is fastened to an oak trestle structure. G-Scale track has the rails spaced 45mm (1 3/4″) apart. The oak wood structure is suspended from the ceiling and supported by wall brackets so that the train runs about 10 feet above the floor. The oak rail bed was built by Loco-Boose Hobbies in Hazel Green, Al.
The Wells Express train consists of a diesel engine, flat bed rail cars, sound box car, automobile car carries, a piggyback Valvoline trailer car, Valvoline tank car, and a lighted caboose. The flat cars and the auto carrier cars are all loaded with miniature Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, all rolling stock has been equipped with ball bearing wheels to reduce rolling friction and give longer life. Fully loaded and ready to roll the entire unit weighs approximately 42 pounds.
The Wells Express takes almost 4 minutes to make a complete circuit of the 200 foot track. The train will, in a weeks time make 616 laps and travel 23.4 miles. In 1 years time the Wells Express will travel 1,200 miles, or the equivalent of a drive from Avon Park to Detroit, MI.
The original diesel engine used in the Wells Express was a gift to Stanley Wells from friend and competitor Bill Jarrett of Bill Jarrett Ford. The train engine had a sign on the side which said, “Wells Express train-Powered by Bill Jarrett Ford”.
Long time customer and friend, B.A. “Tony” Schuller, from Sebring did much of the design and technical support on the Wells Express. At 80+ years of age, Tony was more than glad to have the project to keep him active and out of trouble. Tony is a retired General Electric Company aero-mechanical engineer.