Posts Tagged ‘Train shows’

Railfest to Return in March

February 24, 2022

The Lakeland Community College train show known as Railfest will return on March 19 and 20.

Sponsored by Western Reserve Division Five of the Mid Central Region of the National Model Railroad Association, the show will feature model railroad layouts and vendor tables in six rooms.

Admission is $8 per person with a two-day pass available for $13. A family pass can be purchased for $13 for a couple, and $15 for two adults and all children under age 16.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. There is free parking at the college.

Vendors and attendees will be required to wear facial masks in accordance with the college’s COVID-19 policy, although that is subject to change by the dates of the show.

The show was cancelled in 2021 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trains Shows Set in Columbus, NE Ohio

December 10, 2021

If you are looking to get out of the house this weekend, a pair of train shows might be just the excuse.

After an absence of more than a year the Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Artifacts show will return to Columbus.

The show is held in the Lausche Building of the Ohio Expo Center on the grounds of the Ohio State Fair. The street address is 717 E. 17th St.

The location is just off exit 111 from Interstate 71 on the north side of 17th Street. A parking fee is charged at the entrance to the property.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $7 with children under age 12 admitted for free.

The show bills itself as Ohio’s largest combination model and artifact show and will have more than 200 tables of model trains, railroad china, old timetables, books, lanterns, photographs, videos, and other railroad-related items.

There will be working model railroad layouts of various gauges operated by central Ohio model railroad clubs.

Closer to Northeast Ohio, the Massillon Train and Toy Show will be held Sunday (Dec. 12) at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 988 Cherry Road NW.

Admission is $5 with children age 12 and under admitted for free. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Looking to January 2022, a couple of shows might be the antidote to beat the post-holiday blahs or relieve cabin fever.

The Cuyahoga Valley S Gauge Association will hold its Snow Dogs Show on Jan. 8 at the United Auto Workers Hall in Parma at 5615 Chevrolet Boulevard.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with admission $6 per person. Children under age 12 are admitted for free.

On Jan. 9 the Youngstown Model Railroad Association will hold its toy train and model railroad flea market in Salem at the Salem Center Plex, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Admission is $5 per person and show hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The show will feature more than 230 tables of model railroad equipment of all gauges along with railroad memorabilia.

Free parking is available at the Salem Community Center with a shuttle operating to the show site.

Division 5 Railfest May be Held Later This Year

February 20, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of dozens of train shows in the past year and that trend has continued during the first two months of 2021.

It will mean the Division 5 (Western Reserve Division) Railfest will not be holding its annual March show in Kirtland for the second consecutive year.

The National Model Railroad Association affiliated Division announced online that the venue it normally uses for the two-day show, Lakeland Community College, is not available due to the pandemic.

Club officials are seeking an alternative venue for the same date but they might also be able to hold the show later this year.

The group thus considers the show to be on hold for now. The show was scheduled to be held on March 13 and 14.

A handful of shows, though, still plan to go on, including the Canfield Train and Toy Show that is scheduled to be held today at the Canfield Fairgrounds, 7265 Columbiana, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

Also still scheduled is the April 11 Medina Train and Toy show at the Medina County Fairgrounds.

One of Ohio’s largest train shows, the Buckeye Model Trains & Railroad Artifacts Show & Sale that was to have been held April 17 in Columbus also has been canceled.

Golden Spike Enterprises sponsors the show held in April and December at the Lausche Building of the Ohio Expo Center.

The latest cancellation is the third consecutive of the event due to the pandemic.

2020 Berea Train Show Canceled

September 20, 2020

The 2020 Great Berea Train show has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show, typically held in early October, will next be held on Oct. 2 and 3, 2021, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.

In a message posted online, the show management said it weighed all of the pros and cons and how those would affect vendors, attendees, and everyone else involved before making the decision to cancel.

The 2021 show will be the 47th year the event has been held.

The Berea train show is presented by the North Coast Division of the Mid-Central Region of the National Model Railroad Association.

Columbus Train Show Canceled

March 26, 2020

The 67th Buckeye Railroadiana and Model Trains Show & Sale scheduled to be held on April 18 in Columbus has been canceled.

The annual show normally is held in the Lausche Building of the Ohio Expo Center twice a year but the spring show was scrubbed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State of Ohio has issued orders prohibiting large gatherings of people.

The next show is slated for Dec. 12, 2020.

The Columbus train show has been held since 1956 and features model train and railroad artifacts.

Railfest 2020 in Kirtland Canceled

March 12, 2020

Railfest 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The annual two-day train show held at Lake Lake Land Community College in Kirtland posted a notice on its website that the host venue will not allow the event to be held in the wake of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issuing an order banning events of more than 100 people.

The train show had been scheduled to be held this weekend (March 14 and 15) and is billed as the largest continuous two-day train show in the state.

The event sponsor is the Western Reserve Division, Mid Central Region 5 of the National Model Railroad Association.

The event is normally held on the third weekend of March, but its actual dates as subject to space availability at the college.

The governor’s order does not affect typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories, or retail or grocery stores but it does apply to  auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large conference rooms, meeting halls, cafeterias, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.

Train Show Set in Mansfield on Dec. 29

December 23, 2019

A train show sponsored by Denny’s Trains will be held in Mansfield on Dec. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richland County Fairgrounds in Fairhaven Hall.

Admission to the show is $6 with children age 6 and under admitted for free.

There will be a children’s area that includes rides on a Thomas the Tank Engine train

The event is the sixth one sponsored by Dennis Breese of Loudonville.

It will have operating layouts and up to 150 tables of trail-related items.

Lima Train Show to be Held Dec. 14

December 9, 2019

The Lima train show and swap meet will be held Dec. 14 at the Allen County Fairgrounds between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The show will feature more than 170 tables of new and used toy trains in all gauges along with operating model railroad layouts.

Santa Claus will be on hand there will be a children’s play area.

Admission is $7 for adults with children age 12 and under admitted for free.

The event is sponsored by the Three Rivers Division, North Central Region National Model Railroad Association.

The fairgrounds is located at 2750 Harding Highway in Lima and is wheel chair accessible.

There is free parking. Door prizes and refreshments are available. For more information visit htps://

Columbus Train Show is Saturday, Youngstown Model Railroad Club to Have Open House Saturday and Sunday

December 4, 2019

If you’re looking for something to do before sitting down on Saturday night to watch Ohio State play Wisconsin for the Big Ten football championship then consider making a road trip to Columbus or Youngstown during the day.

The 66th Buckeye Model Trains & Railroad Artifacts Show and Sale will be held in Columbus at the Ohio Expo Center in the Lausche Building.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per person with children under age 12 admitted for free.

The venue is located at 717 East 17th Ave. on the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

The event bills itself as Ohio’s largest combination model and railroad artifact show with more than 300 tables and several operating layouts.

Thousands of model railroad items will be for sale in all gauges. Artifacts for sale will include railroad china and silver; lanterns; keys and locks; books; magazines; and railroad timetables.

Refreshments will be available and the event is wheelchair accessible. For more information visit

In Northeast Ohio, the Youngstown Model Railroad Association will hold an open house on Saturday and Sunday between noon and 6 p.m.

The club’s layout is located at 751 N. Four Mile Run Road.

The event features O and HO scale model railroad displays. There will be door prizes and refreshments will be available.

Admission is $5 per person with children under age 12 admitted for free. Parking at the site is free.

For more information visit

Model Railroad Club Train Show Set for Sunday in Milan

November 6, 2019

The Norwalk & Western Railroad, a model railroad club located in Norwalk, Ohio, will hold a train show on Sunday (Nov. 10).

The show will feature up to 175 tables of model railroad equipment, books and railroadiana.

There will be operating model railroad layouts at the show, which is being held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Ehove Career Center, 316 West Mason Road in Milan.

Admission is $5 per person for ages 10 and older. Additional information about the club can be found at