The Great Train Show Event Series
Next Event: July 14-15, 2018 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Great Train Show
1101 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Location: Promoter: Train Show Inc.

Onsite Ticket Information

  • Adult: Saturday, $10 — good for both days
  • Adult: Sunday, $9
  • Kids 15 and under: Free
Guests may purchase tickets online approximately 2 weeks in advance.

The return of the Great Train Show to Pomona, California has given residents and visitors one of the best all-scale model railroad events in the area. With this show following The Big Train Show in Ontario every June, Southern Californians get back-to-back opportunities to geek out for all things trains.

The Big Train Show Model Railroad Exhibit HO scale model railroad

The train show is hosted in the world-class facilities at the Fairplex. Model railroad clubs and vendors from around the country are present both days for the enjoyment of kids and adults alike.

Model trains for sale Model trains for sale

It's not surprising that this event attracts serious modelers looking for products or advice for their own layouts.

Toy train collectors buy and sell throughout the day at the many booths the show has to offer. It's a great place to find unique and rare examples of Lionel, Märklin and other brands.

The show is a great place for children. Most of the model layout exhibits are strictly hands-off, but kids will watch in wonder and amazement at the highly detailed models in G, HO, N and Z scale. There are usually a few exhibits that cater to children and allow personal interaction. Additionally, the show has many vendors with toys and trinkets for sale including a perennial favorite train, Thomas the Tank Engine. Expect to spend a couple of hours at the event with your kids.

Lloyd's Layouts - N scale Lloyd's Layouts — N scale

Attending the Great Train Show?

Here are some tips to help make your experience a pleasant one.


Parking at the Fairplex can be a challenge especially when there are several events in progress at the same time. Plan a little extra time for parking. The Red Lot or the Blue Lot are your closest parking options if available.

Food at the Fairplex

The Fairplex has concession stands open during the train show and will be able to accomodate a variety of tastes. People with special food needs may need to bring a lunch.

Tips for people with kids

The excitement at this expo surely causes children to tire quickly. Remember to allow enough rest time during your visit so that young ones will be able to enjoy the show. Make sure they've eaten and had enough hydration. You'll have a much happier time if you tend to these simple tips.

Creative Zest LLC is a vendor/exhibitor at The Great Train Show events and is not affiliated with Train Show Inc. The views expressed by the author may not reflect those of Train Show Inc.
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