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Dozens of children and adults were anxious to catch the trains in the new model railroad exhibit, which had its grand opening Thursday inside the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum in Commerce.

Children and adults love model trains, so there were plenty of kids and parents inside the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum in Commerce Thursday.

The occasion was the opening of the museum’s model railroad exhibit. The museum recently received an elaborate layout, owned by Steven Pawlow, which had been relocated from the former Katy Depot in downtown Greenville.

“We are very excited to have this new exhibit,” said Alton Biggs, president of the museum’s board. Biggs said plans call for the entire layout to be interactive, where museum visitors will be able to control the trains and various aspects of the landscaped miniature cities through which the trains pass. “We’re not quite there yet.”

As impressive as the exhibit is already, Pawlow also said he it is not yet finished.

“This is going to grow,” Pawlow said. “We’re going to add more.”

Pawlow wants to include a replica of a train depot ticket, where children can buy and sell tickets.

“That will be Phase 2,” he said.

Dozens of model railroad fans, young and old, anxiously awaited the ribbon cutting, then rushed to put their noses on the glass and watch the trains make their way through the exhibit.

Eileen Faulkenberry brought her daughter Emily to the grand opening and within minutes, Emily was testifying to the accuracy of the exhibit.

“It looks just like the one we rode on,” Emily said.

More information about the museum and the exhibit can be found at the museum’s Website:

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