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Trainfest Brings Train Fans of All Ages to Milwaukee Nov 14-15

Trainfest is a weekend full of family fun and an opportunity for young and old to immerse themselves in the world of model trains.

By - Nov 4th, 2015 12:19 pm

MILWAUKEE — November 4, 2015 — America’s largest operating model railroad show takes over the Wisconsin State Fair Park Expo Center from November 14-15. Trainfest is a weekend full of family fun and an opportunity for young and old to immerse themselves in the world of model trains.

The annual two-day public event attracts train hobbyists and families, who come to see and learn more about the hobby of model railroading. Visitors experience nearly 70 remarkable operating railroads from Z to G scale, over 100 manufacturers and hobby dealers, plus artists, photography displays, clinics, and on-site demonstrations.

Run and Ride the Trains at Trainfest
Kids 5 to 99 will be able to run the trains on nearly 80% of the 70+ huge model train layouts at Trainfest. Milwaukee Light Engineering Society (MLES) is returning with their train ride and a football field of track for FREE train rides at Trainfest!

Start Building your Railroad
Kids 7 – 12 can get started on their very own railroad layout at the Make ‘n Take clinic. Compliments of Walther’s, each participant will build a Whistle Stop Station to take home. Spots are limited, pre-registration is required at

Play in the Kids’ Activity Zone
Returning favorites to the Trainfest Kids’ Zone are the highly popular music performances by the Choo Choo Bob Show, 8’ long wooden train tables for tots to play, and crafts. Plus, children can build with LEGO® bricks at the Build and Play area of the Blau Pewaukee Road Railroad, constructed completely from LEGO bricks. All Kids’ Zone activities are free and included in the admission ticket fee.

Learn about the Chicago & North Western
Staying true to its mission of education, Trainfest 2015 begins a new tradition of celebrating historical railroads. In this inaugural year, Trainfest will be celebrating the Chicago & North Western System in conjunction with the C&NW Historical Society, the Milwaukee Historical Society, and the MSOE Grohmann Museum.

The cornerstone of the exhibit is a museum-quality, historical photo display. Acres of the C&NW Archives have been combed to create a comprehensive display of the C&NW’s long proud history. Walking through the display, visitors will travel through time discovering the founding, golden days, and functions of the C&NW system.

Ticket prices for Trainfest range from $3.00 – $18.00 and can be purchased online or at the door.

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

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit

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