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Model trains on display in northern NY

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When you talk about decorating for the holidays, many people think of Christmas trees, lights and lawn ornaments.

But not to be forgotten -- model trains. And some avid train buffs are sharing their collection with the North Country.

All Aboard...

"Here Come the Trains" through downtown Ausable Forks. They aren't real life trains -- but miniature models.

"I think it is another way to bring the community together," says model train collector Lou Scavo.

Lou Scavo and Carl Kokes have put their hobbies on display at the Tahawus Lodge Center Gallery on Main Street.

"I'm 73 and I feel like a teenager at times, you find so many ways to get creative," says collector Carl Kokes.

It's part of the community's effort to promote the new learning center.

"We have the opportunity to share each others gifts and this center will hopefully provide that," says Annie Scavo with the Tahawus Lodge Center Gallery.

The G-Model Trains -- the largest of the model trains -- circle around hundreds of feet of track as they pass through small town America.

"With most model railroaders, the idea is to present a part of America, either as it was or as it is right now, that's why we have our farm scenes, our town scenes, and the circus," Lou Scavo says. "Which was always near the railroad because the circus traveled by train."

"We by doing this kind of thing, it's not going to have a resurgence of the railroad, but let people see that railroading was a viable part of our society," Kokes says.

Kokes and Scavo say it took nearly 100 hours to piece this exhibit together.

"Each step of this process is not just slap it together and away you go kind of thing, it takes a lot of though process to get the track just right and all the connectors put on," Kokes says.

Kokes and Scavo hope their display will bring more fans aboard. They claim the model train industry has been losing steam over the years because it can be expensive - and kids are now more interested in computer games.

"I think for the children their will be a certain fascination, they like to see things move and how they move and for the adults, what it was like when I was a boy or when I was a girl," Scavo says.

Two men trying to bring a community together this holiday season - and an effort to keep their hobby chugging along.

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