JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Toy trains are especially popular this time of year.
Many got the chance to enjoy one of the most detailed train setups in all of Mississippi located at the Mississippi Department of Archives in History.
For Lucky Osborne, the genius is in the details. He’s spent decades recreating buildings and events he’s seen from a lifetime in Mississippi. The results are a trip back in time.
It’s like riding the rails through the memory of the Magnolia State. Lucky Osborne has spent 40 years fleshing out this nostalgic landscape.
“Every building in here has or did have a full-sized counterpart somewhere in the state of Mississippi,” Osborne said.
As Fall chugs towards Winter, The City of New Orleans rumbles through Possum Ridge and back into the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Chris Goodwin is the Director of Public Relations for MDAH.
“It ‘s truly a labor of love for Lucky,” he said. “He brings at least a couple of new elements to it every year, whether it’s the airfield, the crop duster, or the baptisms in the creek, along the back or new buildings to interpret some of the different life ways of the 1940’s. It’s always great.”
Volunteers like Will Barber run the train. For Lucky, it’s all about the scenery.
“Well, that’s what makes me happy, is watching the kids enjoy it, watching a lot of the adults enjoy it, especially the older ones that remember places like that,” Lucky said.
If your memory gets fuzzy, rack it back into focus with a trip to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
“You can’t do anything better in Jackson as a family activity over the holiday, and I think it will become your family’s holiday tradition,” Goodwin said.
What a fine tradition it is.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History would like to thank the Central Mississippi Model Railroad Association for their help.