Trainfest 2018 Announcements - What was New for 2018!

2018 – Trainfest's 47th year is shaping up to be the most exciting show ever with tons of new activities, exhibitors and more!

Build 'n Run

New Kids Activity at Trainfest 2018!

Introducing the Trainfest Build ‘n Run area – featuring Bridger Trains! Kids 10-16 can build their very own train engine at Trainfest and run it on the test track.

Bridger Trains are an exciting new STEAM toy from Japan –  these trains are the first ever battery-operated, app-controlled, buildable trains. Quantities are limited.

Prime Access Tickets

Want to be the first into Trainfest 2018? Ever wish you could see the show before the crowds on Saturday? Then you are in luck! New this year, Prime Access Tickets allow entry to the show starting at 8 am on Saturday November 10!

Prime Access Admission

1-Day Admission Tickets $17, 2-Day Admission Tickets $22

Available for purchase online ONLY through Nov. 9.

Entering the Show

For early access to the show on Sat. Nov. 10, Prime Access Tickets must be presented at the North Entrance of the Expo Center starting at 8 am

Kids' Make 'n Take

Courtesy of Walthers


Walthers Machine Shop Model

Kids ages 9-14
Pre-Registration $6
(At Show $7, if available)
Retails at $24.98


Faller's Home Town Model

Kids ages 4-8
Pre-Registration $2
(At Show $3, if available)
Retails at $7.99

News From Exhibitors ...


Stop by booth #5310 for the latest from Walthers! WalthersTrainline™ starter sets highlight a special introduction to the hobby especially for beginners. New WalthersMainline® locos, freight cars and passenger cars will be there, along with the WalthersProto® 55′ Evans Covered Hoppers, and get details on the upcoming Jordan Spreaders. A sneak preview of the HO Small Business Center, and a brand-new N Scale kit are just some of the exciting new Cornerstone items on display!


Congrats to our new exhibitor, HummingWorks, on having Bridger Trains named to the Purdue INSPIRE’s 2018 Engineering Gift Guide. We will watch for you on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah, and in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine. is celebrating their third anniversary at Trainfest this year. During this time, they have become one of the Model Railroad Industry’s leading manufacturers. Their growing product line includes locomotives, freight cars, and containers for every budget and skill level.

This year, will be unveiling their 14th all-new HO Scale freight car plus giving away over $15,000 in prizes and special offers in the “Pop-a-Rivet” promotion. Drop-by booth #5120, see what’s new, and win a prize.

“Pop-a-Rivet” and win one of 2,000 prizes plus discount codes valued up to $100 from the website. The total value is over $15,000! For complete details and to “Pop-a-Rivet”, drop by the booth #5120.

NEW Trainfest Exhibitors


  • Cream City Traction
  • Gulf Western Modular RR Society
  • Midwest Historic Trains
  • Milwaukee Transit Archives & Museum
  • Rhinelander Railroad Association
  • Szukalski Layout

Click to View Full List of Layouts


  • Aero-Car Hobby Lubricant
  • Arrowhead Models
  • Central Valley Model Works
  • Daylight Sales
  • Dimensional Modeling Concepts
  • HummingWorks Toys
  • Round 2 LLC
  • Speedwitch Media
  • The TrainMaster, LLC
  • Value Trains USA
  • Xuron Company

Click to View Full List of Manufacturers

Hobby Dealers

  • F Models
  • Muirwoods Reclamations
  • Nace’s Videography LLC

Click to View Full List of Vendors

What to See & Do at Trainfest