West Allis - Trainfest, where children and adults can run and ride model trains, will pull into the State Fair Park Saturday and Sunday Nov. 12 and 13. Trainfest hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Attendees can ride the Milwaukee Light Engineering Society steam train through and around Trainfest for free.
Trainfest will pay tribute to the Milwaukee Road with a 32-panel historical photo display detailing the railroad's history. It also will have an original painting focusing on the Milwaukee Road.
The children's area will have a dog-bone shaped track where kids can race trains.
Trainfest 2016 will feature more than 70 operating layouts complete with landscaping.
More than 120 hobby dealers and manufacturers with selected experts demonstrating latest model train technology from controls and sound equipment to landscape and building design will be there. Modelers will demonstrate how to get started in the hobby, create scenery, build railroad structures and create realistic looking model railroads.
A kids only Make n’ Take clinic returns to the annual event this year where kids can build and color their own Faller’s Home Town Model for $2 while older kids can build their own Walther’s Whistle Stop model for $4.
Families can stop in the Kids’ Activity Zone to take in Let’s Play Railway. This hands-on exhibit is sponsored by Walther’s allows kids to explore the train’s engine, cattle wagon and caboose as well as play conductor by using the various buttons and controls.
Admission will be $15 for 13 and older ($20 for two days); $5 for children ($6 for two days); $5 for military, veterans, Scout leaders in uniform; free to Scouts in uniform and children age 3 and younger.
Discounted tickets will be available through Nov. 11 at www.trainfest.com and at local hobby shops.