All Aboard


There’s so much to see and do at Trainfest we call it an inspiration playground. This is where science, technology, engineering, art and math come together under one roof to prove modeling trains is a fun and interesting hobby every generation can enjoy.

Come to Trainfest to see mighty and miniature co-existing with exact and imaginative. From trains chugging down tracks, to watching expert craftsmen at work, Trainfest offers hours of family fun. Kids will beg you to stay longer.

What To Do at Trainfest 2017


Bring a part of Trainfest home with you! With the help of some of the most seasoned modelers in town, kids 2 to 14 can build a model of their own during Trainfest. This popular activity runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve your spot now!


Look for the “Run this Train” signs at participating exhibits to actually operate the trains! Kids 5 and up are welcome aboard and put their train skills to the test!


Let's Play Railway

Come see an exciting piece of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum right here at Trainfest. The Let’s Play Railway is an awesome opportunity for kids to get their wiggles out and explore trains up-close. Don’t miss out.

Sponsored by Walthers Model Trains.


Trainfest Junior Engineer

Does your child have what it takes to become a Trainfest Junior Engineer? Come find out! You’ll receive some goodies just for participating and get to expand your knowledge on trains!


What kid doesn’t love LEGOs®? Be sure to stop by to build and play with LEGO® at Trainfest! Let your imagination run wild. Get creative. Show off your building skills.

Presented by Blau Pewaukee Road


Don’t Miss This Family Favorite

You’ve got to get on board with this: Visitors of all ages can ride the Milwaukee Light Engineering Society (MLES) train around nearly 600 feet of track! Support the train with a voluntary donation.

Presented by the Milwaukee Light Engineering Society


Photo Contest

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.

Find out how to enter


Wooden Train Tables

We’ve loaded wooden train tables with everything needed for budding train enthusiasts. There’s roundhouses, engine sheds, dozens of track pieces in curves and straights, trees, traffic signs, multi-piece trains, switches, bridge and roundtable all waiting for your children. And for the grown-ups, we’ll have chairs surrounding the tables, too.

Presented by Walthers.