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22nd Annual Model Railroad Show

Jim Matuska has had a passion for trains his whole life. He was in the civil engineering field for 40 years after retiring.

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017 10:50 PM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - Hundreds of people came out to the National Armory Guard in Albert Lea to learn about trains and how others are preserving the history.

Jim Matuska has had a passion for trains his whole life. He was in the civil engineering field for 40 years after retiring.

It was then he created Matuska Rail Art where he draws and paints customized trains.

He says while the paintings can take up to 8 hours he find joy that he is preserving history of the trains and giving people gifts.

"I love to paint that because it brings back memories and it preserves what you call history because it’s gone. I mean this day and age is so disposal you might say and this way I can bring the train back when they were younger and it brings back their childhood and brings back memories from when they were little."

The show will run until December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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