A long-running model railroad show in East Texas is taking a station stop.
Bill Pyle, chairman of the 2015 Longview Model Train Show, announced today that the show won’t go on as planned in March because of “circumstances beyond my control.” He said notifications are being sent to vendors and clubs who were scheduled to participate at the annual show hosted by Junction & East Texas Train Society (J.E.T.T.S.). The event was set for March 7-8 at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Building.
Pyle, one of about a half-dozen of the original organizers, decided Tuesday to cancel the event, which has annually attracted vendors and model railroad layouts from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. While he didn’t elaborate on specific reasons, he said that declining attendance in recent years has been an issue.
For years, the show was well attended and a source for locals to buy and sell trains. At its peak around 2008, more than 2,000 attended at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Building in Longview. In recent years, the numbers dropped, even after the city’s primary model railroad supplier – Homer’s Model Railroad Supplies – closed up shop. Last year’s show drew about 1,500, Pyle said.