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East Texas event draws people from all over

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - It is an annual spring event that brings out the child in just about everyone who attends it: the 13th Annual East Texas Train Modeler's Show.

Trains are a fascination that, for some, can last a lifetime.

"I don't care where you're from, who you are, trains are everywhere in the world, therefore you can associate with them immediately," said Ernest DeWolf, with the Ark-La-Tex Modular Club.

The event at the Fairgrounds Expo Center draws modelers from three states, and there is always something to grab your attention.

"It's real interactive," said Pam Anderson of Jacksonville. "There's lots of scenes. There's music playing. Thomas the Tank was telling a story. It was really nice."

"[It's] fun, and all the children and grown-ups can smile and lose everything for several hours and go home and feel so much better," said DeWolf.

Some of the collectors have displays utilizing hundreds of thousands of pieces.

"We had fun," said one participant. "We had a good time."

"It's a hobby that you will never forget!"

For as long as there is little bit of kid in people, the trains will keep running.

If you are interested in train modeling, you can contact either the East Texas Model Railroad Club or the Ark-La-Tex Modular Club.

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