Longview — Beautiful weather didn’t seem to slow traffic Saturday to the Junction & East Texas Texas Train Society’s Model Train Show. Neither did the retirement of the society’s longtime president, Homer Fleischer.
“Usually, when it’s pretty weather like it is, people stay home and work in the yard,” said Bill Pyler, who took up the mantle when Fleischer put it down. “But, as you can see, the place is full, and we’ve had people coming in and out all morning — and they’re buying, not just looking.”
The event at the Longview Exhibit Building was “a lot busier than I’ve seen it for a while — years, maybe,” a fact he credited to an upswing in the economy.
“I’ve heard gas is going to get to $5 a gallon soon, so maybe folks are out before that happens ... Right now, they’re here and spending.”
Steve and Darlene Graham of Texarkana were pickin’ and a grinnin’ as they admired the various displays at the model train show.
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