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Longview Hosts Model Train Show

       An annual Longview model train event is being held that brings out the kid in model train enthusiasts. The 10th annual Longview model train show is being held at the Longview fairgrounds expo center over the weekend. The show seemed to bring out the kid in everyone, even those who've been doing it for decades.

    "Oh I've been doing this since I was about 14 years old, and I had hair back then" said 70-plus year old Louisiana model train enthusiast Earnest Dewolf Jr.

     The Lionel company is generally credited with producing the first miniature electric train in 1901 and it's been a favorite with young and old ever since.

     "I was 6 years old when I got my first Lionel train set I still have it" said Longview modeler and the organizer of the event Homer Fleischer.

       Dozens of enthusiast from all over Texas and Louisiana attended the event which featured every size , every model , every accessory , even brass and wood trains. For model trainers this is the best of all possible worlds and they spend countless hours making everything accurate down to the last detail. Organizers say more children are getting into model training.

    "Well I like them because they're big and strong even steam engines they also have water and coal" said 10 year old train collector Slaton Nugent of Diana.

  "The kids when they see that train their eyes get as big as can be and just amazing the smile they have on their face and we know that they're going to be future train modelers" Fleischer says.

      You can still make it out to train show, it continues at the Longview fairgrounds exposition building tomorrow from 10am- to 4 p-m. Bob Hallmark/bhallmark@kltv.com.  

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