Bulletin Staff Report

The “Christmas Memories and Toy Trains” exhibit at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, and Santa Claus will be on hand to meet youngsters and have photographs made with them.

“This is a great opportunity to bring your children or grandchildren — or your parents — to see this magical display of model trains, villages, Christmas trees and decorations,” museum curator Mary Irving said. “Remember your Lionel train under the Christmas tree? It whistled, puffed smoke and its headlight lit up the track ahead, and ours still do.”

Model railroads in the Brownwood area have begun building model trains of all sizes — from tiny N-gauge to giant G-scale.

“Brownwood's Lehnis Railroad Museum will become the mecca for model train enthusiasts statewide,” Irving said. “This is what we have that will bring tourists to our community. We have lots of model trains, and this exhibit is just the beginning of a bright future, with model train layouts being built and added to and expanded.”

The museum will be open throughout the holidays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Santa will be on the caboose each Saturday, and photos with him will cost $3 each.

“For gifts, we have started to stock our gift shop with small children’s gifts,” Irving said. “We also have photographic prints and note cards, which can be used as Christmas cards, for sale to that grown-up who loves trains. And we now have commissioner postcards, note cards and prints of a beautiful original painting of the Brownwood Depot and Harvey House.”

Those items will be arriving soon, Irving said.

Admission to the museum is $3 for adults, $2.50 for senior citizens and $2 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under age 5 are admitted free.

Information about the museum is available by calling 643-6376.