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It hit Julie Dekker like a locomotive.
Dekker, the director of the Vogt Visual Arts Center in Tinley Park, was looking for a way to energize the gallery’s annual miniature show. Then, during last year’s show, she noticed visitors, especially children and men, flocking to the same display.
It was a model train layout from resident Pat Byrne.
“It was the hit,” Dekker said of the train. “I’d been waiting for a couple years to change it up, and this was it.”