Welcome to the “Trainfest EXPRESS” featuring up to the minute information on Trainfest plus detailed stories on the amazing craftsmanship displayed in the model railroads at Trainfest. Find out what’s new with manufacturers who exhibit at Trainfest and learn historical train tidbits too. Be sure to visit this page often for Trainfest EXPRESS updates.

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“The Best Rolling Party in Wisconsin”

The Best Rolling Party in Wisconsin wasn’t a party bus or a stretch limousine—it was a train! The Cannonball brought businessmen from Milwaukee back to their homes in the Oconomowoc area, and on Friday nights, they enjoyed food and good conversation on board.

Roll into Trainfest 2016 and check out the fun.

Make 'n Take
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This year Trainfest is excited to offer two Make ‘n Take kits, sure to please train fans from 4-14!

Shorewood Ghost Train

The Shorewood community is working to recreate the experience of a historic train in their town. The Shorewood ghost train will mimic the historic Chicago and North Western Twin Cities 400 train.

‘The Ghost Train,’ an artistic sensory experience to take place at the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge and Capitol Drive in Shorewood, will make its inaugural run on Monday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

Make 'n Take
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The new addition to the Kids’ Activity Zone– the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Let’s Play Railway! Sponsored by Walthers Trains, this interactive area is the perfect opportunity for kids to get up-close with trains. Be sure to stop by with your little ones and check it out at Trainfest 2016!

Discover Yellowstone on the Milwaukee Road

Long before Travelocity, the Milwaukee Road was the company to help you plan your summer vacation. Hop on a train that will take you directly to Yellowstone National Park and then be personally escorted throughout the park on a tour set up by your very own Milwaukee Road travel bureau.

Summer Train Fun

Can’t wait until Trainfest for family fun with trains? Check out these summer train activities to enjoy!

All Aboard for Trainfest 2016!

Tickets are now available for this year’s show! Click here to purchase your tickets now to receive the advance tickets discounted price!

Hotel Accomodations

Trainfest has again partnered with the Milwaukee area hotels to offer special accommodations packages for event attendees.

Follow Up: Launched at Trainfest 2015

“Amazing. Unbelievable. Pandemonium. More than we could ever expect.” These were just a few of the words that the team had to say about the new company’s launch at Trainfest 2015. Although the team boasts 120 collective years in the model train industry, this Trainfest was a completely new – and exciting – experience for them.

Knowing that Trainfest in Milwaukee kicks off the train show season, president Shane Wilson and his team (Mike Hopkin, Paul Ellis, and Joe Olvera) decided that it was the perfect time and place to launch

Trainfest 2015 Award Winners

The Trainfest Award Committee looks for Layouts, Displays, and Modules which depict the Best of the Spirit of Model Railroading and add value to the Trainfest experience.


Celebrate the Milwaukee Road

The Celebrate-a-Railroad theme for Trainfest 2016 is The Milwaukee Road! Check our our sneak peak of the historical display and look for upcoming features of the history of the Milwaukee!

Aida Frey, Junior Rail Ranger

At Trainfest 2015, we met 14-year-old Aida Frey. Over the past six years, she has visited 230 National Parks with her parents and participated in their Junior Ranger programs.

Trainfest is happening now!
Until Trainfest 2017