As I was watching the Amazing Race on CBS this past Sunday night, one of the challenges the team were faced with was putting together a miniature train set. Once completed, the train had to stay on the track for one complete time around the track. Watching that reminded me of my childhood and how much fun I had setting up my HO scale train set. But when I wanted to play with the train though I would have to pull out the Encyclopedia Britannica's and set them up on the floor for the track so that the shag carpet in the living room wouldn't get in the engine's wheels! That was a lot of fun and coming up this weekend at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler, it's the 8th annual Cotton Belt Train Show.

The train show features model trains of all scales - N, HO, O and G. Model railroading clubs will have their train layouts up and running in addition to displays featuring railroad memorabilia, track and accessories.

Glenn Wilkins, director of the Cotton Belt Depot Museum says, "This will be a fun filled day for everyone, adults and children alike."

In addition to the model trains on exhibit, a replica Mountain Express Train will be running in the parking lot carrying the little ones on their first train ride for just $2 a person.

The Cotton Belt Train show will be at the Harvey Convention Center in Front St. in Tyler Saturday from 10a - 5p and Sunday 10a - 4p. Children under 12 can check out all the trains for free, otherwise there is a $6 admission fee which benefits the operations of the Cotton Belt Depot Museum.