What’s New in 2012
Trainfest 2012 is just around the corner! On November 10th and 11th, the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park in Milwaukee will come alive with America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show. Trainfest occupies nearly four football fields including more than 60 model railroads, from Z to G scale and much in between. Plus, Trainfest will host more than 100 model train related manufacturers and dealers so you’ll want to come prepared to pick up items on your train wish list.
Choo Choo Bob and the Holy Smokestacks Revue to Perform at Trainfest
If 60 running railroads weren’t enough, Trainfest 2012 has added a really fun concert series for kids. Choo Choo Bob is a popular broadcast TV show featuring trains big and small, friends and fun, and music.
At Trainfest, Choo Choo Bob and the Holy Smokestacks Revue (a 9-piece band) will be performing catchy kid’s tunes from their ‘Choo Choo Dude’ CD. Choo Choo Bob appearances are sponsored by Walthers Model Trains. Learn more about Choo Choo Bob here.
NEW Kids’ Activity Zone at Trainfest!
Trainfest is excited to announce this year’s show has a designated area with lots of fun kids’ activities. Experience the Choo Choo Bob Band and much more…
- NEW is a Thomas the Tank Engine® inflatable bounce house!
- Choo Choo Bob’s Engineers will host story times throughout both days.
- Radio Disney will be back on Sunday from 12:30-2:00pm.
- There will be face painting, coloring, a Wiki Stix kids craft and Trainfest temporary tattoos.
New Manufacturers for Trainfest 2012
Electric Train Systems (ETS) – Czech Republic
Model railroading is truly a global hobby, this year Electric Train Systems (ETS) from the Czech Republic will be at Trainfest. Established in 1991, ETS prides itself in manufacturing all metal tin plate trains in O – Scale. Founder, Gustav Taus started ETS to combine the classic feel of all-metal toy trains with the functions and features of modern technology.
ETS Trains are created to reflect a faithful reproduction of their prototypical counterparts. Through the use of lithography and metal castings, they are able to create fine details, many of which are fully operational!
Hornby America – Fife, WA
Hornby America is the North American distributor of Hornby slot cars, model railroads, plastic model kits, die-cast collectibles, paints and accessories. Established in 1999, Hornby America continues the tradition begun by Hornby in the United Kingdom as a premier manufacturer and household name in the hobby.
In 2004 Hornby acquired the Rivarossi line of HO scale model trains, Hornby America is the exclusive distributor of Rivarossi in the U.S.
Model Railroad Benchwork – Elgin, Il
Model Railroad Benchwork offers quality customizable benchwork for model railroads. Constructed with quality, stability and flexibility in mind the benchwork is built with “cabinet grade” plywood. We believe that benchwork should be affordable, easy to use, and adaptable to any modelers needs.
RR in a Box – Philadelphia, PA
The RR in a Box system aims to eliminate the apprehension of first time modelers in building a layout. Plans are offered in several scales (O to Z) with many variations to grow and create your own layout.
Clearview Trains – Lake Geneva, WI
Clear View Trains offers crystal clear suspended rail road bed systems. With an unobstructed view the trains will appear to be floating on air while running around the room. The systems are built with ½ inch crystal clear poly carbon acrylic with all front edges cut with a 45 degree angle, with installation instructions and customizable options.
True Scene Modeling
True Scene is bringing their innovative scenery modeling product to Trainfest. Unlike any other plaster product, using Fusion fiber is like adding a layer of top soil to your layout a great foundation in creating realistic scenery.
Model Train Travel
Explore the model railroads of Europe through the Model Train Travel 13 day tour through Germany. Visit the “Miniature Wonder Land” in Hamburg, the Nuremberg Toy Museum layout and much more.
Yard Goat Images
Yard Goat Images produces quality railroad DVDs. Their videos feature restored historical steam locomotives and rolling stock. Beyond the typical trains featured in railroad videos, Yard Goat images searches out rare or long forgotten trains, preserving them for years to come. Much like the hard working “yard goat” of a rail yard, Yard Goat Images films and produces these DVDs as their contribution to documenting the history of the rail industry.
True Line Trains
Based in Ontario Canada, True Line Train strives to produce the most accurate and highest quality prototypical Canadian model railroad products. True Line Trains offers three products lines Red Series, Gold Series, and Platinum Series.
Premier U.S. auction house specializing in scale and toy trains, Stout Auctions is the destinations for Lionel toy trains, American Flyer, Marx, Ives, and more. Most sales are held in Williamsport, Indiana or West Middlesex, Pennsylvania.