I’ve been secretly wanting to go to train display at EnterTRAINment Junction for years. I had a big train set as a kid and I’ve been fascinated by them ever since. EnterTRAINMent Junction combines the fun of watching trains with an amazing display and interactive features for kids of all ages. And it throws in a few history lessons to boot. The display begins with in the 1860s and continues to the modern times. The transition from period-to-period is very well done.
Here are a few of the pictures I took. You really have to experience this amazing place in person, but this will give you a feel for just how great it is. So let’s begin! All aboard!
As soon as you walk in you are struck by the quality of the displays. You feel like you are inside of them.
Trains are everywhere. 90 of them. With over 1200 cars!
I was fascinated by the bridges. They are very well done. Huge and amazing. I thought I wouldn’t be a fan of the larger (compared to the HO scale I played with as a kid) G-scale size, but I really loved it.
As you walk along there are large red buttons along the way that you can press (Anita pressed them all!) that add sounds to the experience. You hear saw mills working, dogs barking, cars honking, all sorts of things. It’s like you’re there.
In the upper right of the picture below you can catch a glimpse of Imagination Junction, the kids railroad-themed playing area. Even though I’m a ‘kid’, I didn’t go in there but it looked like it had all sorts of fun things for the little ones to play with.
The 40s-50s city scape was really very well done. The detail is again amazing.
There are firemen playing ping pong inside the firehouse!One of the absolutely coolest things is that the entire train display transitions into night every so often. I didn’t know that this was going to happen so it was unexpected, and it was really amazing. The city and trains lit up and all you could say is ‘wow’.
Look at the detail! Dirty laundry hanging on the line!
The Woolworth’s is complete with a soda counter.
This picture gives you a little feel for the scale of the display. It’s 25,000 square feet! You can see the 2nd floor area up ahead. That’s where the Coney Island display is.
What’s that? Something’s going on at the city jail!
The 50s city had everything from a theater to a diner to a drive-in. There were things going on everywhere, with trains all over!
This shot is back over the 40s-50s era of the display.
Trains also run along the ceiling. They’re everywhere!
The Coney Island display was recently completed. It is so well done and it’s fun! The designers did a great job combining great modeling with interactive features. All the rides you see, from the roller coaster (crazy fast!) to the merry-go-round, run. Just push the corresponding red button and watch it go!
More examples of the detail that is so well done. The volunteers (yes, volunteers!) that work on this display are amazing.
Now we’re heading into the big city and more recent times in history.
Here’s a look down to the last section.
You never know what’s around the next corner!
Even the graffiti is very well done!
The journey is not complete without a stop in the volunteer’s workshop area. This is where the magic is created. How fun! There are also a few models and plans of the original design that just start to give you a feel of how much work and engineering wen into making this display. It’s huge and complex behind the scenes.
There’s a lot more to do at EnterTRAINment Junction than trains. There’s a fun house, a gift shop, a hobby and toy shop, and a cafe. But for me, the train display was amazing and well worth the trip and price of admission (which isn’t much!).