Trainfest is Good Old-Fashioned Family Fun

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of miniature railroading at the Trainfest! The train show is designed for children of all ages; for modelers, collectors and enthusiasts; for families in search of good old-fashioned fun; and for the simply curious. The show features hundreds of booths of train manufacturers, train retailers, as well as huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, free seminars and educational opportunities, and much more.

Visiting the Trainfest

There’s plenty at Trainfest to see and do. You’ll see the best that the model railroad hobby has to offer: beautifully designed and built model train layouts in operation, scale models of trains, cars and buildings, and new products.  There are free workshops and seminars where you can learn things like how to build a model railroad of your own, how to use digital command control, or how to make your trains and layout look ultra-realistic. Trainfest is designed to promote model trains to even the youngest enthusiast.

How do I buy tickets?

Ticket pricing will be announced in June of 2022 and tickets will be able to be purchased online starting in July of 2022. Tickets will also be available at the select retailers starting in September and at the door during show hours.

Press Release

PRESS RELEASE - 3/1/2022 for immediate release

Kalmbach Media and the Great American Train Shows will partner to produce Trainfest 2022, the renowned national model train show.  The event is scheduled to take place in November at a venue in the greater Milwaukee area.  Details on the show will be announced later in April.

“We are excited to have the show return after a two-year hiatus,” says Brian J Schmidt, Vice President of Operations with Kalmbach Media “We plan to make this year’s Trainfest one of the best ever.” Trainfest is America’s largest operating model railroad show and has almost 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and features up to 70 operating model railroads.  It is a great event for families and hobby enthusiasts alike.  There will be fun activities for kids, and up to 300 exhibitors, manufacturers, and retailers offering model railroad goods and products of all varieties.

The Wisconsin Southeastern Division of the National Model Railroad Association has produced past annual events and this year agreed to license Trainfest to Kalmbach Media and the Great American Train Shows.  Kalmbach Media is a creator of model train and train content through well-respected brands Model Railroader, Trains, Classic Toy Trains, and Classic Trains. Great American Train Shows produces over 40 model train shows annually of various varieties including Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show, Great Train Show, Great Midwest Train Show, and World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour.  Combined Kalmbach and Great American Train Shows have a wide-reaching audience and vast experience in producing and executing train events.  Wisconsin Southeastern Division of the National Model Railroad Association will continue to exhibit at the show. For more information on the event visit