Model Train Show Set For Longview

It's the first week of March, and that means it's a special time for those who enjoy the hobby of model trains in Longview. With everything perfect to the last detail, the final preps are being put on the annual Junction East Texas Train Society, or JETTS Show at the Longview Exposition Center. The show has been going on for eight years, with exhibitors coming from all over Texas and Louisiana.

Some of the elaborate exhibits are worth several thousand dollars. Train enthusiasts say it's a toy that holds a lot of nostalgia and never goes out of style.

"Trains when we were children were still the fastest way to get from point A to point B, and there's a certain romanticism around trains, (like in) the James bond movies, plus the power of them," said Louisiana train modeler Don Kimmel.

"It just caught my attention, modeling's something that doesn't cost millions of dollars, something more my liking," said 19-year-old train modeler Charles Stevenson.

The JETTS show will open its doors to the public Saturday at the Fairgrounds Exposition Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6. Children under 12 are free.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.