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    Large Crowds Attend LB Model Train Show

    Model train show Feb. 20/05(Feb. 20, 2005) -- LB's Convention Center had the sights and sounds of Grand Central Station -- large crowds and train whistles -- for what was billed as the "World's Greatest Hobby On Tour": a major model train show.

    Model train show 2/20/05The show featured thousands of square feet of operating model railroads, displays and merchandising.

    Model train show 2/20/05"The hobby of model railroading has a unique ability to bring family together in activities that teach many skills. Model Railroad skills span from carpentry to artistry, from electrical engineering to historical research. Model Railroading is the World's Greatest Hobby," says a flier for the event.

    Model train show Feb 20/05"The purpose of the World's Greatest Hobby On Tour is to introduce the general public to model railroading, a hobby that already has over [a] million participants in the United States," says a written release.

    Model train show 2/20/05

    Model train show Feb 20/05Anything with Thomas the Tank Engine drew large crowds of kids with parents in tow.

    Model train show 2/20/05Here's a Thomas library.

    Model train show Feb 20/05Crowds marveled at the artistry and engineering.

    Model train show 2/20/05The miniature mid-20th century movie theater is showing "A Streetcar Named Desire."

    Model train show Feb 20/05A mighty locomotive passes alongside an oil derrick with a reproduced flame at its base.

    Model train show 2/20/05One model train route ran alongside an amusement park complete with spinning rides.

    Model train show 2/20/05This model railroad runs through a logging camp...where crews battle a smokey timber fire.

    Model train show Feb 20/05

    Model train show 2/20/05

    Model train show Feb 20/05

    Model train show Feb 20/05

    On late Sunday afternoon, one of the event organizers gave us an off-the-cuff rough attendance estimate for the Sat-Sun event of approximately 25,000...and that was despite rainy weekend weather.

    Organizers, who maintain a website at, say they also drew sizable crowds in Edison, NJ and St. Louis MO...and now it's on to Denver, CO.

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