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Milwaukee's Trainfest model railroad show enters 40th year

Published: October 6, 2011
Trainfest, America's largest operating model railroad show, will be at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park Nov. 12–13 from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. More than 60 operating railroad displays and scenic reproductions will be on display. Also occupying the 200,000 square feet of display area will be more than 100 model railroad manufacturers and hobby dealers, as well as nearly a dozen historical groups.

Each year, Trainfest offers more than 20,000 visitors a window into the creativity and craftsmanship of the model railroading hobby. Visitors can see operating layouts starting small enough to fit in a suitcase up to megapikes measuring 60- x 80-feet in scales from Z to G. Manufacturers and retailers also have starter train sets on display and available for purchase.

"For two days, the hobby of model railroading springs to life in Milwaukee with amazing and intricately detailed layouts that are the envy of even the most skilled layout builders," shared John H. Tews, executive director of Trainfest. "Countless hours over many years are dedicated by exhibitors to build and continually refine their layouts. Thousands of hobbyists and families converge at Trainfest to learn about model railroading and experience this level of superior craftsmanship."

Well-known model railroad manufacturers such as Athearn, Atlas, Bachmann, Broadway Limited, Kalmbach, Lionel, MTH Electric Trains, and Walthers will be at the show. Last year, Trainfest incorporated more than 160 manufacturer, dealer and other exhibitors from across the nation. Exhibitors participate in Trainfest to showcase and demonstrate new products, operate spectacular model railroads, and impart knowledge through demonstrations and clinics.

Trainfest, a non-profit organization, is sponsored by the Wisconsin Southeastern (WISE) Division, Inc. of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA).
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