Art News Roundup Great Train Show comes to Washington State Fairgrounds

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The Great Train Show, coming to the Washington State Fairgrounds Nov. 11-12, will feature model trains of all sizes. Photo courtesy of The Great Train Show

The Great Train Show is a national traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200-500 tables of train dealers who offer everything from hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, railroadiana slides, T-shirts, videos, railroad gift items, books, photos and more.

The show is the nation’s only coast-to-coast model train show. It is designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families and the just plain curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits and activities for kids.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of miniature railroading. The train show is for children of all ages and anyone seeking old-fashioned fun. There’s plenty at the show 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, new products and collectible trains and toys from years past. Each show features dealers from across the country offering special deals and products hard to find anywhere else. There are free workshops and seminars where you can learn 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. Our shows are designed to promote model trains to even the youngest enthusiast, and many of our shows have a riding train within the show for kids to ride or have interactive exhibits where kids can operate part of a layout or race model trains or cars. The show admits children for free.

The show isn’t just about displays and dealers. If you’re looking to sell your old trains, the train show is the place to do that too. Anyone is welcome to sell their old trains at the train show; you don’t need to own a business or be a professional dealer. You can either rent a selling booth at the show or, if you have a smaller collection to sell, you can just bring your trains with you and sell them to one of the dealers set up at the show. Contact the office for more information if you’d like to sell your trains at the show or visit trainshow.com/selling/ to receive information on selling trains at the train show.

The two-day event features more than 350 tables of trains for sale, more than 50 exhibitors from across the country, huge operating model train displays including a 25’ x 50’ LEGO layout.

Featured free
workshops:

  • “Installing DCC in locomotives and rolling stock”

This free class taught by a DCC expert is incredibly informative.

Class at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 11 and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12

  • “Geodesic Foam Scenery Instant Weathering System”

Learn amazing scenery techniques using a variety of products. Class taught by a long-time expert in the field.

Class at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on both Nov. 11 and Nov. 12

It all takes place at the Mattress Firm ShowPlex at Washington State Fairgrounds (110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup), enter at the Blue Gate.

Tickets: Adults are $9 ($10 for a two-day ticket), kids 12 and under are free. For information call (630) 608-4988 or visit trainshow.com/Puyallup.

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