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Model trains round the rails of one display of the Vogt Visual Arts Center’s miniature train show that kicked off Saturday, Dec. 2. Photos by Joe Coughlin/22nd Century Media
Julie Dekker, director of the Vogt Visual Arts Center, sits with a holiday-themed model train that leads off the exhibit, which runs through Dec. 20.
Bruce Lorence watches hi S-gauge trains round the track of his 1950s layout.
Donald Haley, of Tinley Park, speeds up his model trains complemented with a open-land concept.
Joe Coughlin, Interim Editor/Publisher
11:30 am CST December 6, 2017

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.”