Do you have what it takes


Sign up for the Trainfest Junior Engineer Program, located at the WISE Division Booth, and learn how railroads operate.

How to participate in the Junior Engineer certificate program

To enter the Trainfest Junior Engineer certificate program, sign up at the Junior Engineer Program booth located near the main entrance of Trainfest. Once you have completed your “Trainfest Junior Engineer Operations Test Card” return to the Junior Engineer Program booth for your Junior Engineer certification.

Participants could earn a “Trainfest Junior Engineer Certificate of Achievement” and a Trainfest Junior Engineer Membership Card. The membership card entitles the Junior Engineer to discounts for model railroad merchandise at participating area hobby shops listed on the back of the membership card. At least once a year, participants are invited to operate a home layout.

Four separate levels with specific tasks have been designed to provide a well-rounded introductory understanding of railroading.  

To accomplish Level I, the participant, at least 5 years old, needs to accomplish at least 4 of the 7 tasks listed below to receive their Junior Engineer Certificate

  • Operate a Train on at least three different model railroads at Trainfest
  • Learn what three different whistle signals mean and what turning on the bell means.
  • Pick-up and set-out freight cars on at least one layout.
  • Identify what the three color signals mean, that an engineer operates his train by.
  • Identify and find three of these five types of railroad locomotives: Steam, Diesel, Traction, Turbine, Gas-Electric.
  • Operate at least two of the above locomotives.
  • Find and identify three of the following locomotive servicing facilities: Coaling Tower, Diesel Fuel Rack, Sand Tower, Water Tower, Diesel House, Roundhouse, Turntable.