"All Aboard" train enthusiasts! Trains are so magical and mysterious. The whistle of a train always sounds so sad and lonely. One of my best childhood friend's father is a huge Locomotive buff. I would always look forward to staying the weekend with my girlfriend so I could see all the hundreds of train displays.

I was excited to find out that it's time for the annual  Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society Tyler Tap Center Train Show. This great family event is set for  Sunday, April 28 at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler from 10am - 2pm.

The show will have everything for locomotive lovers like; railroad memorabilia, model trains, tracks and accessories, and modular layouts by model railroad clubs.

Take part in one of the two DDC Workshops, Saturday at 11:30am and 1:30. Sunday at 11:30am only.

Enter to win some great prizes - AMTRAK round-trip travel for two adults anywhere between Longview and San Antonio.

Round-trip tickets for four to Grapevine Vintage Railroad Excursion train. Four VIP tickets on  Texas State Railroad. The drawings to be held on Sunday, April 29, at 3pm. Need not be present to win.

Admission for adults is $6.00 and kids under age 12 get in free. This a fantastic event to take your kids!

For more information call 903-571-0220.

All proceeds benefit the Cotton Belt Depot Museum.

Here is a little history about the Cotton Belt Depot that I got from the Cotton Belt Depot Museum -

Construction on the Cotton Belt Depot began in 1902; on June 2, 1905 the depot was open for passenger service and continued in service until April 22, 1956. After the passenger trains stopped running, the depot served as offices, shops and storage until 1977, it than sat vacant for about 11 years. On Nov. 6, 1988 Southern Pacific Rail Road deeded the Cotton Belt Depot to the City of Tyler and the Depot was ultimately renovated to house the Tyler Transit Department and the Cotton Belt Depot Museum, which is staffed by volunteers from the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society.

The Cotton Belt Depot Museum has received visitors from all 50 states and 38 foreign countries. The Cotton Belt Depot receives about 400 visitors, from all over the world, each month.

Do you collect trains? We want to hear about it!