Saturday, June 11, 2011

Model train makers converge on Lubbock, June 11&12

Fox34News: Model train makers converge on Lubbock
More than 100 train aficionado flocked to Lubbock for the Texas Model Railroad Convention, as people from all over the state bring their decades of passion and experience.

Upon entrance to the convention, model train lovers can see a model put in place by Lubbock Model Railroad Association's original members.

"This layout over half of the sections were made by the original members, and most of them are already gone," Al Fox, a long-time member of the LMRA, said.

Bill McPherson, president of the National Model Railroad Association's Lone Star Region says the trains seen at the convention replicate locomotives that were pivotal in the nation's development.

"The railroads were so instrumental starting back in the early 1800's," he said. "Maybe, we're recreating a life as it used to be."

For Fox, the hobby has never lost its appeal.

"I would recommend this hobby for anyone at any time, anywhere. My wife would tell me 'Hey! You know it's 2 o'clock in the morning?? And, I say no I do not, I do not realize that.'"

As much intricate details go into constructing the miniature railroads, the trade requires a wide range of skill.

"Some people are interested in building scenery. Some are interested in wiring, electronics.," David Barrow, a lifelong track builder from Austin, said. "Some are interested in building buildings, cars and locomotives."

McPherson agrees.

"To build a model railroad, you need to become a pretty good carpenter, a electrician, a electronics expert," he said.

As the tracks are ever-expanding Barrow says the seasoned vets in the trade are always glad to help those looking for experience.

The event goes until Sunday at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza. To attend, you must be a member of the National Model Railroad Association. You can register at the event

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