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TOOT! TOOT! TIME FOR
SOME FAMILY RAILFANNING

Saturday & Sunday
November 11 & 12, 2017

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TRAINFEST BRINGS OUT
THE KID IN EVERYONE!

Check out the
Train You Can Ride!

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LEARN FROM THE BEST
HOBBYISTS AROUND

Take Home Valuable
Tips and Tricks
from the Experts!

What makes Trainfest So Popular?

It’s the amount of amazingly-detailed railroads and their uniqueness and variety. With 200,000 sq. ft. (nearly four football fields) of exhibit space featuring more than 70 highly creative scenic railroads, it’s a sight to behold. There is a constant hum of enthusiasm that travels throughout the show. The air is electric. Smiling faces are everywhere.

Veteran Trainfest exhibitors, in particular, look on newcomers with fond nostalgia as they remember how amazing the event was during their own first visit.

The imagination of a kid, or a kid-at-heart, is present in each of the layouts on exhibit. It’s amazing what modelers can do in transforming Styrofoam and plastic into beautiful countrysides. Many of our expert modelers were introduced and hooked on the experience of model trains as youngsters.

What makes Trainfest so popular?

It’s the amount of amazingly-detailed railroads and their uniqueness and variety. With 200,000 sq. ft. (nearly four football fields) of exhibit space featuring more than 70 highly creative scenic railroads, it’s a sight to behold. There is a constant hum of enthusiasm that travels throughout the show. The air is electric. Smiling faces are everywhere.
Veteran Trainfest exhibitors, in particular, look on newcomers with fond nostalgia as they remember how amazing the event was during their own first visit.
The imagination of a kid, or a kid-at-heart, is present in each of the layouts on exhibit. It’s amazing what modelers can do in transforming Styrofoam and plastic into beautiful countrysides. Many of our expert modelers were introduced and hooked on the experience of model trains as youngsters.
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THE SOO LINE

Your conductor cap doubles as a party hat at Trainfest! This year we’re again celebrating the contribution railroads have had on our country. You don’t have to watch the History Channel to know the United States wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the railroads. Being the key to our country’s economic growth, railroads obviously had a major impact on transportation and communication change.

This year Trainfest honors the Soo Line with a never-seen-before display looking at the line’s history – everything from founding to folding. We’re also making  a limited edition Soo Line Boxcar in HO and N scale available for sale. There will be touches of the Soo Line throughout the show. How many can you find?

Make Memories

THAT LAST A LIFETIME

Make some time for family. Plan a daytrip to Trainfest. Every generation will get something out of it. From little Joey to Grandpa Joe, and everyone in the middle, this is an event that makes everyone smile.

Make Memories

THAT LAST A LIFETIME

Make some time for family. Plan a trip to Trainfest. Every generation gets something out of Trainfest. From little Joey to Grandpa Joe, and everyone in the middle, this is an event that makes everyone smile.

Trainfest Photo Contest

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Are you an amateur photographer? Do you have some awesome train-related photos you want to share? Trainfest wants to see your best. Submit now to the first Trainfest photo contest ever. All entries will be displayed at Trainfest. Entries are $1 each. Amateur photographers age 5 to 105 encouraged to enter.

Must See Family Entertainment

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

This is the America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show! Everywhere you look, there’s something train. Spend the day being mesmerized by spectacular miniature versions of railroads, running the trains and learning how to build them. Get a taste of why model railroading is – and will always be – such a popular hobby.

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November 11, 2017 9:00 am

Interested

IN EXHIBITING?

Do you manufacture model trains? Sell them? Enjoy using them? Or speak or write about the hobby? If so, you need to be part of this event. More than 20,000 people want to meet you.

BECOME A TRAINFEST VOLUNTEER

Trainfest is run entirely by volunteers and we value every single one of them. Do you have a few hours of time or a talent with customer service? Volunteers allow us to provide our 20,000 attendees with a more meaningful visit. Every donated minute matters and is much appreciated. Sign up to volunteer.

  • Jesse from Tuttle, OK

    I always enjoy going – it’s hard not to – and having fun with the other train enthusiasts. Is this the greatest of hobbies or what?

    Jesse from Tuttle, OK

  • Sheryl from Memphis, TN

    I have loved this for years. Everyone enjoys the experience!

    Sheryl from Memphis, TN

  • Badgerland S Gaugers Club Member

    We can hear the fans yell out, ‘It’s the Polar Express; there’s the caboose; or here comes a steamer’ and we love that. They’re in awe. It’s really neat to see their faces, you know, how excited they are to see the trains!

    Badgerland S Gaugers Club Member

  • 85-Year-Old Hobby Club Member

    As a youngster, Dad and I would only put up trains at Christmastime, but now I’m involved all the time. Enjoying it here brings back fond memories.

    85-Year-Old Hobby Club Member

  • Chicago Mom of 3

    My kids have shown such an interest. They are amazed at all of this; it’s the action of it. They really get into it when they give them the control.

    Chicago Mom of 3