They didn’t call “All Aboard!” until December 1st, but these tracks will take a while. The Loglolly Holiday Train and Village Exhibit is being held at the Gregg County Historical Museum, and the club is busy ensuring that these trains will not deviate.
What’s important is these little things, especially for such big things, at least that’s what Fred Bower and Steve Gatton and Loblolly Railroad think. But why is it called Loblolly?
“All the pine trees you see in Longview are Loblolly pines, which is the source of the name,” Gatton clarified.
Since the “small” part is obvious, how big is the whole small thing?
“The 8-foot by 44-foot train layout runs six lines in the layout, and we are setting it up for Christmas,” Garton said.
There are still some ways, but young eyes and old people can absorb 352 square feet of magic from December 1.
“Five to eighty-five years old. Children like five to eighty-five,” Garton said.
The display is nostalgic in the envelope.
“This will be from the 40s to the early 1960s,” Garton explained.
So how long does it take Gatton to do this?
“It takes a week,” he said.
It is divided into sections and stored in the barn of the train club member, who stores it on the trailer.
Gatton said that the show requires knowledge and time.
“If you know what you are doing, you need some expertise to put the electricity together,” Garton said.
Garton said that the display can run up to six trains simultaneously.
And they won’t charge a penny to the Greg County Historical Museum for setup or use. Museum curator Lindsay Loy said they gave them something anyway.
“Of course we will donate money to buy parts, because things break every year,” Loy said.
But the whole town seems to lack something.
“I don’t think it’s cold enough, but it will snow,” I said.
“It will. At this time next week, the layout will be covered by snow,” Garton said.
All the details, and what is the child chasing?
“M&M handcart,” Gatton revealed.
Well, they are chocolate, which makes sense.