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Southland Train Show

Dates: October 13 - 14th 2012
Location: Richards High School, Oak Lawn IL


Audience: Family

Description: Very good train show in two large gymnasiums. There was a handful of vendors selling railroad items but this is primarily a display show.

Naperville Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet (RPM) formerly Sunshine RPM

Dates: October 18 - 20th, 2012
Location: Naperville IL

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Audience: Hobbyist / Prototype Modeler

Description: A model show for serious railroaders where in-depth sessions focus on accurately modeling prototype aspects of railroading.  The event is for adults who enjoy modeling railroad equipment with exacting detail.  Sessions cover historical aspects of railroading with elements on how to build a accurate model reflecting the prototype. The focus is primarily steam transition era modeling however some modeling techniques can be applied to any era.  Registration and entry payment can be done on-site for the event.


Dates: November 10th - 11th, 2012
Location: Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park • Milwaukee (West Allis, WI)


Audience: Family

Description: The best train show in the Midwest with many train layouts on display and vendors selling railroad and hobby items.  The focus is trains of all scales.  This show is worth the drive to Milwaukee for the day as it is two to three times bigger than the local shows in Chicago.

Future Trainfest Dates:

Nov. 9th - 10th, 2013
Nov. 8th - 9th, 2014

High Wheeler Train Show

Dates: March, 2013
Location: Harper College Sports Center, Algonquin & Roselle Roads, Palatine, IL


Audience: Family

Description: Family oriented Model Train show with some vendors selling railroad related items.

All American Train Show

Date: March, 2013
Location: Lyons Township High School, 100 South Brainard Avenue La Grange, IL 60525-2100


Audience: Family

Description: Good family show in a large gym with train displays only, no selling of any kind.  The event is under publicized but well worth attending if you are in the Chicago Area.  The show caters towards family fun and children of all ages.  This show is run by the NMRA DuPage Division, please see the link above for more information about the show and recent division activities.

2013 NMRA Michiana Division Symposium
Michiana School of Model Railroading

Dates: April 19 - 20, 2013
Location: Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury, IN


Audience: Hobbyist

This is NOT a prototype modeler's meet, although most everything we will show you is prototype-based. This will be an opportunity to learn about great model railroads although there will be a large display of prototype models at the meet. Bring your models with you to display and to share your experiences in building them with others. We all have something to share.


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