What’s New in 2013
2013 marks the 42nd year of Trainfest. On November 9th and 10th, 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.
We are excited to announce some of the new additions to Trainfest this year. From new kids activities, excellent model railroading manufacturers and hobby dealers to the top notch railroads you have come to expect at Trainfest.
Trainfest is a family friendly weekend full of trains and fun. 2013 brings the return of the Trainfest Kids’ Activity Zone. Returning favorites to the Kids’ Zone are the highly popular giant Thomas the Tank Engine® inflatable bounce house, 8’ long wooden train tables for kids to play with, and acoustic performances for kids by Choo Choo Bob and the Holy Smokestacks Revue. Sunday will also include a balloon artist from 10am – 4pm. Plus, children can build with LEGO® bricks, ride a circus train replica or race trains on the dog-bone shaped track brought by Midwest TCA.
River Raisin Models – West Bloomfield, MI www.riverraisinmodels.com
Founded in 1987 River Raisin Models is dedicated to bringing high quality, precision brass models for S scale modelers. RRM has introduced over 50 unique S scale products since the company’s founding.
Chooch Enterprises – Maple Valley, WA www.choochenterprises.com
Chooch Enterprises is comprised of two divisions, equally known for high quality model railroad products with special attention to detail. Chooch products feature HO, N and O Scale loads and scenery details. Ultra Scale II offers O scale buildings, rolling stock and detail parts.
Hot Wire Foam Factory – Lompoc, CA www.hotwirefoamfactory.com
Hot Wire Foam Factory offers professional quality foam cutting tools for professionals and hobbyists. The wide range of tools includes hot wire sculpting tools and hot knifes, designed to easily cut through EPS foam. These tools are ideal for sculpting and creating lightweight, detailed scenery for your railroad.
Lights 4 Models – www.lights4models.com
Offers a variety of lighting products including flashing and non flashing led lights, specialty lights and signage for your modeling needs.
Moon Dog Railcars, LLC – www.moondograilcars.com
Created from an avid railfan’s dream, and based in his over 30 years experience in the model railroad industry, MoonDog Rail cars offers Special run locomotives and rolling stock, and realistic HO Scale loads.
White River Productions, Inc. – www.whiteriverproductions.com
White River Productions is a publisher specialized in railroad publications for historical societies, modelers and railfans. Their magazine titles include Model Railroad News, Railroad Illustrated, and Passenger Train Journal among many other railroad products and books.
Roco-Fleischmann – Heilsbronn Germany www.fleischmann.de
For over 125 years Fleischmann has been dedicated to a high standard when it comes to prototype fidelity and functionality. Their HO and N Scale product lines provide true-to-detail design and reliability.
Osborn Model Kits – Ontario Canada www.osbornmodelkits.com
Osborn Model Kits grew out of scratch building models, releasing their first kits in 1999. In 2006 Osborn introduces their railroad product line. Today their product lines include RC Model Boat Kits, Wooden Aviation, and HO and N Scale Railroad Kits.
New Hobby Shops
Side Track Hobbies
Park Lane Hobbies A Long time participating hobby shop for advanced Trainfest tickets, Park Lane will make their premier appearance at Trainfest this year.
Caboose Stop Hobbies They will be the only retailer that specializes in 2-rail O Gauge equipment at Trainfest 2013.
New Layouts and Modules
- SGMA – new modules
- Peel County N-gineers – new layout
- Lionel Milwaukee – New 4x 10
- Crankin RR – TT Modules
- BSB Modules
- G-Whiz Gang