Full steam ahead

Caleb McCaig caleb.mccaig@brownwoodbulletin.com
Jim Howell, a member of the Lehnis Heart of Texas Model Railroad Club, places an HO scale model railroad car on the track Friday afternoon at the Depot Cultural Center in preparation of this weekend’s Heart of Texas Railroad Festival.

All aboard — to the historic Depot Cultural Center and Lehnis Railroad Museum this weekend as the two put on a great show of model railroads and trains. 

The two downtown buildings, along with the City of Brownwood, the Early Chamber of Commerce and the Lehnis Heart of Texas Model Railroad club, are playing host to the Heart of Texas Model Railroad Festival, which will feature a 14-by-58-foot model railroad with landscaping and running trains, a live steam mini-locomotive, mini-train rides (weather permitting) and puzzles and games for kids. 

"This is going to be an extremely interactive event for parents and children alike," said Lehnis Railroad Museum Director Beverly Norris. "This event is so geared toward families, it's an extremely family friendly event. Children and adults alike are always fascinated by trains and it's a great chance to see trains running kind of all over the place." 

The festival's main draw will be the 14-by-58-foot Santa Fe model display with running trains which belong to David Doege of Seguin. For those wishing to lay eyes on the layout, Norris said they can do so for a bargain. 

"There's only one admission for the activities and models at both the Depot and here at the museum," she said. "All kids under the age of 12 will be free and adults are only $3. It won't only be a fun weekend, but it's also an economically friendly way to bring the entire family out."

As to why someone should attend the festival, Norris mentioned the family atmosphere as one perk. 

"We hear so often about how much that families want activities to do with their children," she said. "This is another event that is really geared for the children, but it's also something that parents themselves will enjoy."

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and will go until 5 p.m. On Sunday festivities will last from 1-4 p.m. 

For more information, contact the museum at 643-6376.