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Allen is certainly one of the real gentlemen around here.
I can vouch for Hal's from back in 1997* and the El Paso club used to have some real nice displays at the airport in '89 & IIRC, '97 as well. If I ever had to migrate to the SW corner of the USofA, El Paso would be my first choice of major cities. Real nice people and cuisine that would ensure that I won't see 60!
Allen, speaking of great local cuisine, if the State Line is still open, have the guys haul you over there after you leave Hal's.
*I should quality that, I went to two local shops, the other was model RR focused. Until I saw this thread, I couldn't have said the name of the shop I visited but it was great, whatever it was named, "Hal's" seems right.
El Paso is also a great place for us model RRers/railfans to visit, but for safe phototaking you'd best have a real awareness of personal security or small unit tactics. I narrowly avoided one ambush near the freight yard.
It's said that back in the 19-teens, residents would make a picnic out of watching the fighting across the border in Juarez, and still could if El Paso wasn't becoming part of the drug war zone.