Bulletin Staff Report

The Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum has put out a call for model railroaders to help start a model railroad club.

Plans for a Christmas exhibit at the museum are also in the works.

“We want to use model trains to help us illustrate how trains work across Texas, carrying both passengers and freight to and from markets,” Mary Irving, the museum’s curator, said. “To do that, the museum needs model railroaders to help build those layouts.”

Irving said model trains are expected to become an important aspect of the newly-opened museum.

“We have a large number of model trains from Martin Lehnis, many needing repair and cleaning to get up and running,” Irving said. “We also have some awesome future exhibits to build. One of the most challenging is to be a G-Scale — that’s big — circus train that will run on a ledge built about seven feet up in the air. Visitors will get to see it when they first enter the museum.”

The museum’s first goal is to have the museum filled with model trains and toy trains borrowed from private model railroaders for the Christmas season.

“Everyone will have a wonderful old-fashioned Christmas experience visiting the museum and seeing model and toy trains during the holidays,” Irving said.

Anyone who would like to help the museum create the Christmas exhibit and begin working on its model train layouts, should call the museum at (325) 643-6376.

“We’re looking for donations of money to help buy track and supplies for the trains, model train and toy train loans for Christmas, and model railroaders to volunteer to help make it all happen,” Irving said.

“Our goal to open this exhibit is Saturday, Dec. 1, when we’ll also hold our first model railroad club meeting. We need you and your trains.”