Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Instant Live 8: Lionel model trains collectors convention July 29-30

Dallas Fort Worth WFAA.com: Instant Live 8: Lionel model trains collectors convention

GRAPEVINE - Hundreds of the biggest model train collectors in the country were in North Texas this past weekend.

The Lionel Collectors Club of America held its 41st annual convention at the Hyatt Regency DFW.

On Friday, members of the group told WFAA’s Wyatt Goolsby that they would welcome anyone inside to take a look at their displays and the cost is free.

Members explained how they have over 40 model trains to show off. In addition, they mentioned their displays featured mountains, bridges, tunnels, and even a subway system.

While Lionel has been making model trains since 1900, collectors said model trains are still a great hobby for both adults and children.

"I think it goes back to childhood, actually," explained Al Kolis, President and CEO of the Lionel Collectors Club of America. "I think it lowers your blood pressure. When you were a kid, you used to run the trains, and the sights and smell of the smoke, everything like that brings back all those feelings."

"It's just an enjoyable hobby," added Thomas Nuzzo, Lionel Events Manager. "Children, if they are introduced to the hobby, develop skills about basic principles of electricity and model railroads, building kits, and stuff like that."

The model train sets were on display July 29 until 5 p.m. and July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It was free to the public, and the Hyatt Regency DFW will validate the parking for you.

The Lionel Collectors Club of America collected donations for Children's Medical Center in Dallas

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