TrainFest 2016

Posted by Bob Keller
on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Last weekend was Trainfest 2016 in Milwaukee. The massive model train exhibition is held in West Allis at the State Fair Park.

The event gathers club layouts from around Wisconsin and Illinois, manufacturers, and vendors to basically showcase how much fun model railroading is.

Kalmbach always has a large booth that reflects both our tracks titles as well as other products such as our board games, coloring books, and connect-the-dots books.

Model Railroader magazine's layout was the venerable Beer Line pike that re-creates Milwaukee's once-vibrant brewery heritage.

Staff members from Model Railroader, Trains, Classic Toy Trains, Classic Trains, and Garden Railways are always at the show.

Special issues are a staple from all of our tracks titles.

Kalmbach also publishes a variety of titles in the sciences (Astronomy and Discover magazines), plastic modeling (Scale Auto Enthusiast and FinScale Modeler), and more recently board games and coloring books.

We are partial to our toy train book line.

The major manufacturers in all the scales are present at TrainFest. Here is a crowded MTH booth.

Lionel's booth was close to the operating layouts, which included trains from N to Standard gauge.

Atlas produces trains in N, HO, and O scales and were well represented in Milwaukee.

The Lionel Collectors Club of America was set up and encouraging attendees to get back into the fun of O gauge trains.

The Independent Hi-Railers were running a layout illustrating the fun of operating long O gauge trains.

Our favorite local train retailer, Jack Sommerfeld, was set up at Trainfest and doing just fine!

Bachmann was set up with their extensive product line that includes Williams by Bachmann.

Woodland Scenics displayed their varied product line that ranged from scenery material, structures, scale people, and the Just Plug lighting system.

A prototype of the new O scale Woodland Scenics feed mill was on display.

Layouts sme in all sizes. This utilized Legos, ETS trains, and three-rail track t commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad. Note the German and Soviet fighters flying low over the tank factory.

Some of the most effective train displays were at ground level – also called 'Kid level.'

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