Common Questions About Attending the Show

Do you accept credit cards if we purchase at the door?

No, we only accept cash at the door.  As an alternative, tickets can be purchased online until the close of the show using a smart phone and online tickets accept credit cards as a form payment. Online registrations can be scanned from your smart phone.

Do kids need a ticket?

Kids 11 and under are admitted free with a paying adult and do not need tickets.

Do I need to print the online tickets or just have the image on my phone?

While it is faster if you have printed the tickets, we can scan the bar code image on your phone or look it up online.

Can I get tickets at the door?

Yes you can.  No advance arrangements are necessary, however tickets are discounted when purchased online. Since kids 11 and under are admitted free with a paying adult, they do not need tickets.

Are wheelchairs available at the show?

This varies by venue. Some venues have wheelchairs available for loan. Usually they will ask for a drivers license to keep on hold for the duration of the wheelchair use.

Many facilities will have information about wheelchair availability listed on their website or, if you’re not able to find this information online, feel free to e-mail us and we can send you the phone number for the show venue.

What is the date of the next show?

Generally the Great Train Show returns to each location once a year, or more often in some markets.  Show dates are posted to our website 6-8 months in advance so check back often to see when the show is returning!

Can I take photos and video at the show?

Absolutely! We encourage you to take photos and video. Be sure to take photos and video of the fabulous model railroads and. Perhaps they will inspire you to start building your own model railroad. You can even post your photos and video to our Facebook page!

Is there enough for the modeler or collector at the show?

Absolutely! The show encompasses all aspects of the model railroad hobby.  Each show features dozens of vendors selling a variety of model railroading items, from new and used trains of all scales to accessories, tools, parts, diecast vehicles and more.  There are also free modeling seminars and clinics to help hone your modeling skills.  Collectors will find a variety of antique and used trains for sale impossible to see anywhere else.



About the Great Train Show

The Great Train Show is the nation's only coast-to-coast model train show. Founded in 2004, the shows have been managed by Train Show Incorporated since 2014 and have added new venues through the years to bring the train show to even more places. TSI is the same company that manages the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour as well as the Great Midwest Train Show in Chicago and Greenberg's Great Train & Toy Show in the northeast.

boxcarsThose looking to become involved with model railroading can learn about the different scales and gauges. Our shows offer free workshops on a variety of topics as well as demonstrations. Our shows also attract dealers from across the country that carry rare and hard to find items not offered in local hobby shops. If you're interested in the hobby, you won't find a better place for model railroading than the Great Train Show!

GTS-puyallup1smOur shows are designed to promote toy trains to even the youngest enthusiast. At most of our shows, there is a train that kids can ride. Kids will be amazed by the huge operating train layouts that are on display. Many make real train sounds and some even simulate live steam. Any child who comes to the show is admitted FREE! We want every child to have the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of model trains!

wghweb (4)600x600We are always looking for groups and individuals that would be willing to bring their layout to the show and share their love of model railroading with the general public. To offset the cost of transportation, our organization even pays an honorarium based on the size of the layout. For many of the clubs that have brought their displays to the show, this has been an excellent way to recruit new members. Visit our exhibitor area for more information about participating in a show.

If you have any further questions about our shows, please feel free to contact our staff. Specific information about each show is posted on our show schedule page.

We hope to see you at the next Great Train Show in your area!

The shows feature:

  • 25,000-100,000 square foot exhibit halls
  • Huge operating model railroads
  • 150-500 tables of trains and toys for sale
  • Free modeling seminars and demonstrations
  • Activities for kids
  • Door prizes
  • Some shows feature riding trains

 The Great Train Show is a production.


Our mission is to promote the hobby of model railroading.