For two centuries, trains have captured the imagination of countless individuals. On Christmas Day, 1967, Santa brought me an electric train set. I remember spending hours upon hours watching that train loop the tracks over and over.

I guess I passed that fascination with trains to my son. When he was a toddler, it was everything my wife and I could do to keep him seated in the pew at church whenever a nearby train rolled through the area and sounded its horn.

With that as a backdrop, I'm happy to say that the Loblolly Model Train Display is coming back to the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot and is set to be the biggest display yet. Nacogdoches Historic Sites Division has partnered once again with George Ellis who is graciously sharing his love for model trains with the community.

This year, George has reworked the configuration of the display and has added some new features. One of the newest stops for the model train will be a lumber yard, where the train will drop off and pick up lumber, reminiscent of the early lumber yards in Nacogdoches County.

This year’s display is around 175 square feet and features automated trains, vintage buildings, and models of Nacogdoches businesses and East Texas attractions.

Contributed Photo/City of Nacogdoches
Contributed Photo/City of Nacogdoches

The Loblolly Model Train Display will open at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road on Friday, November 25th, and then will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays, 12 pm to 5 pm until December 11th.

This is a free, family-friendly event. For more information about the Loblolly Model Train Display, visit or call 936-560-4441.

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