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Event Overview:

The theme for this year’s show is to "Celebrate the Milwaukee Road."

Every November nearly 25,000 modelers, families, and train fans of all ages converge in Milwaukee for a weekend of fun at America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show.

What makes Trainfest so popular?

It’s the amount of amazingly-detailed railroads and their uniqueness and variety. With 230,000 sq. ft. (nearly five football fields) of exhibit space featuring more than 70 highly creative scenic railroads, it’s a sight to behold. There is a constant hum of enthusiasm that travels throughout the show. The air is electric. Smiling faces are everywhere. Veteran Trainfest exhibitors, in particular, look on newcomers with fond nostalgia as they remember how amazing the event was during their own first visit.

The imagination of a kid, or a kid-at-heart, is present in each of the layouts on exhibit. It’s amazing what modelers can do in transforming Styrofoam and plastic into beautiful countrysides. Many of our expert modelers were introduced and hooked on the experience of model trains as youngsters.

Families at Trainfest

The family presence is very important at Trainfest and our kid-friendly activities ensure that all families will enjoy and feel welcome at the event. We strive not only to support today’s model railroading hobby, but also to inspire the hobbyists of tomorrow. Be sure to check out the Kids’ Activity Zone to learn more about all the family train fun!

The Hobby

Whether you’re looking to expand your layout or just getting started in the hobby, Trainfest is the place to be. We host over 100 manufacturers and hobby dealers, to showcase the latest products. (Many offering great Show deals.) The manufacturers and dealers have traveled far and wide to attend Trainfest, and they are ready and willing to share product recommendations and tips. Unanimously their goal is to help everyone at Trainfest find just the right products for their railroading need — from beginner to railroading extraordinaire.
Come, join us for a great experience and discover the magic of model railroading first hand. You’re sure to leave with an enduring memory, and you might just start a new family tradition.

Clinics/ Demos

How do they do that?! Want to get started in model railroading? Hone your modeling skills? At Trainfest you can watch the experts or take part in a clinic. Most are for adults but some are for only kids too.

Trainfest offers a variety of clinics and demonstrations on-site during the show.

Exhibitor Information:

They invite you to submit an application to participate in Trainfest 2016, one of the country’s largest Model Railroad shows. Manufacturer, Vendor, Exhibitor, Demonstration and Layout space is available. This show, with its over 40 year tradition, has a gate of over 23,000 and draws both the serious modeler and the general public. In two modern, well lit, buildings, the Expo Center and the Wisconsin Products Pavilion, Trainfest facilities cover over 230,000 square feet. This show presents the rich history of both railroading and model railroading in a family-friendly entertaining atmosphere. We are sure you will find participation at Trainfest a rewarding endeavor.

Not sure if you want to exhibit at or attend the Trainfest 2016? See the panels below to get the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Website: http://www.trainfest.com/...
Conference/Event Dates: 11/12/2016 - 11/13/2016
Expo/Exhibit Dates: 11/12/2016 - 11/13/2016
Expo/Exhibit Hours: 9am-5pm each day
First Move-In Date: 11/11/2016
Classification: Consumer
Primary Industry: Miscellaneous
Other Industries: Local Shows & Fairs, Miscellaneous
Estimated Attendance: 25,000
Cost to Attend: http://www.trainfest.com/purchase-tickets/...
Audience: Open to the public.
Venue: Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park
Venue Phone: (800) 884-3247
Venue Type: Indoor - Other
Official Conference Hotel:Hotel Information:
Conference Hotel URL:http://www.trainfest.com/where-to-stay/...
Event Square Footage:230,000
Exhibit Floorplan:Click Here
Show Owner:Wisconsin Southeastern Division, Inc. (WISE Division) of the National Model Railroad Association
Prospectus PDF:Download Exhibitor Prospectus PDF
Sponsorship: Yes

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
10' x 10' Manufacturer $550   Electricity: Yes - Unknown Price
Vendor Space $4.95 per sq. ft. Expo Center; $3.95 per sq. ft. Wisconsin Products Pavilion   Water: n/a
Layouts, Displays, Historical Societies and Demos No charge. In return for this free space, you agree that you will provide service hours to Trainfest as requested.   Generator: n/a
Historical Societies that are Selling Merchandise 50% of the Vendor fee   Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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