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Trainfest is America’s largest operating model railroad show! Join over 20,000 families and check out over FIVE football fields’ worth of serious train fun, as Trainfest has expanded into the Cream Puff Pavilion at State Fair Park! Explore well over 75 highly creative scenic railroads. Kids from 5 to 99 can run the trains at many of them, part of more hands-on opportunities than ever before! Build a Memory in the expanded Kids’ Activity Zone filled with Free crafts, new make ‘n takes, the “Junior Engineer” program, and plenty of train-themed fun! Trainfest 2019 has grown considerably too, with additional space, more layouts, and more activities… especially for kids!
Thanks to Wm. K. Walthers Inc., traditional train layouts will receive a brand new perspective when children ages 5-14, display their personal creative train layouts in the new “Trainfest Builders” Kids Layout Section. Trainfest is collaborating with a number of educators and clubs to ensure the program supports, promotes, and culminates the benefits of a STEAM education. (The grouping of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math academic disciplines to enable children to apply classroom knowledge successfully through analysis and problem solving.)
All children ages 5-14 are invited to participate. Three categories of exhibiting are offered: layouts of toy trains themed by the child; a display of running railroads that incorporates elements of model building; or creation of a Module to spec. Find out more about Trainfest Builders here!
Hobbyists can attend a variety of clinics, there’s a photo contest, and opportunities to buy and see models, from locomotives to accessories.
Rounding out this spectacular show are model train manufacturers and retailers from coast-to-coast. Trainfest has something for everyone in its 230,000 square feet of display area. Discounted advanced tickets available online.
You’ll find Trainfest at the Exposition Center inside Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. The Expo Center is right at the corner of Highway 59/Greenfield Avenue and Highway 181/84th Street. I-94, U.S. 18, I-41/U.S 45, and Highway 100 all bring you close!
State Fair Park Expo Center
640 S. 84th Street (Highways 59 & 181)
West Allis, WI 53214