EnterTRAINment Junction A new Ohio Attraction

In the Saturday, November 14th edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer I have a story about an incredible model train display..Here is part of the story……

This Ohio Road Trip is a must for anyone who has ever had an electric train or a fascination with railroading.  It is billed as the “Largest Indoor Train Display in the World” and after you spend a couple of hours walking around its miles of track you will agree that the claim is no exaggeration.

 EnterTRAINment Junction is the brainchild of Don Oeters, a model train hobbyist, who, after a successful business career, has turned his energies toward creating a train-themed tourist destination in this Cincinnati Suburb.

 What was once a huge furniture warehouse has been converted into a Disney-like structure that features several train-related attractions under one roof.

 As you enter the building you find yourself in a replica of a small-town American village of the 1890’s.  Old-fashioned street lights line a cobblestone street that leads to a train station.  The street is lined by stores that offer train-related hobby material and food, all disguised with facades from another era.

 The main attraction is the exhibition hall where the massive model train display is running.  For starters the trains are all “G” Gauge, sometimes known as “Garden Trains”.  Each car is about the size of a loaf of bread and the scenery, buildings, cars, trees and people are all modeled in the same scale.  The display covers 25 thousand square feet which means it’s nearly the size of five NBA Basketball Courts. 

 There are winding aisles that wander back and forth across the display tracing the nearly two miles of tiny railroad tracks that wend their way through man-made mountains, tunnels, past rivers and lakes and beside a towering 11 foot tall waterfall.  At any given time there are over 1,200 railroad cars making up some 90 trains that are running, circling the display, crossing bridges and trestles, passing through tunnels and whistling through small villages.  The trains can be seen mostly at a waist-high level but they also soar up to 11 feet above the walkway in some of the mountain exhibits.

……You can read the rest of the story in the Nov. 14th Plain Dealer or on their website at www.cleveland.com



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