Peru Rail

November 18, 2017

I’m excited about this blog post because I finally get to combine my work life and my personal life into one post and talk about something that is near and dear to my heart… travel! I just returned from an amazing journey to South America which included, of course, a train ride to Machu Picchu! […]

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West Chester Railroad Museum Shares a Brief History of Model Trains

November 15, 2017

The train enthusiasts at EnterTRAINment Junction believe the model versions of these powerful machines are among the most iconic toys. Model trains connect generations and bring us back to our youth. They are beloved by kids and adults, and miniature train displays still adorn shop windows during the holidays to bring families together. The railroads helped build […]

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Early Holiday Shopping!

October 12, 2017

Why not come to Junction Hobbies and Toys for your holiday shopping this year? Did you know we have a wide selection of Playmobil, the largest selection of Thomas merchandise, AND the largest selection of train tables- ranging from Melissa and Doug, Kidkraft, Bigjigs Rail, and, you guessed it, even Thomas. You know as well as I do that kids […]

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Workin’ overtime!

September 21, 2017

Here at EnterTRAINment Junction we take pride in our approximately 90 trains that run throughout our displays. What most people don’t realize is just how much our trains run on a daily basis and the lasting effects of wear and tear that this can cause for our layout. Our museum is open every day during the week […]

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A Day in the Life of the Train Master!

August 23, 2017

This week we’re going to take an inside look at our Train Master, Larry, and some of what his job entails! A typical day for Larry involves coming in early to work (usually as early as 6:00am!) so he can prep new locomotives, repair locomotives/rolling stock, fix burned out wiring, and sometimes even make parts…. all before the EJ day […]

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A Day in the Life of an EnterTRAINment Volunteer

July 12, 2017

Our volunteers here at EnterTRAINment Junction are PRICELESS!! Before we opened we had around 130 volunteers that helped get the train display up and running. Still to this day we have about 30 active volunteers that come in every single week to help maintain and add to our displays. Some of the volunteers come from […]

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Join the family and become a member!

June 16, 2017

With almost 4,000 pass holders, EnterTRAINment Junction is sure to be a family favorite! Some of our members visit us multiple times a week and, in just 3 visits, the pass pays for itself.  Not only is EnterTRAINment fun for the whole family, there are plenty of seasonal events to keep you coming back all […]

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4 Things to Do at Ohio’s Best Railroad Museum & Entertainment Venue

April 29, 2017

If you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do with your family, spend an afternoon at EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester, OH. Featuring a wide assortment of intriguing attractions, this railroad museum and entertainment facility offers memory-making opportunities for visitors of all ages. It provides plenty of things to enjoy for area residents and […]

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Behind the Scenes Secrets

March 17, 2017

If you’re looking for something new to experience, try asking for a behind the scenes tour on your next visit to EnterTRAINment Junction! You can take a guided tour underneath the mountains of their display to learn about the secrets of construction, train computerization, and more. The History Learn about the history and how the […]

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It’s Baaa-ack! 25 cent hot dogs at the Junction

March 8, 2017

The most notable thing about March here at the Junction is… hot dogs! Yes, you heard correctly-  EnterTRAINment Junction café offers 25 cent hot dogs for the entire month of March! Last year we sold 5,000 … that’s a lot of dogs! While that may seem like a lot of hot dogs, on July 4th […]

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#115 November Status Report

November 16, 2016

This month’s article covers the most recent project completed by the Miami Valley Garden Railroad Society’s EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) volunteers: the upgrade of the Rexall Drugstore in the Middle Period city.  The drugstore is located at the left corner of the same building which houses the Elwood Grill in the right corner.  You can find […]

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#114 October Status Report

October 14, 2016

A train layout as large as the one at EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) needs a lot of figures of people to provide some “life” and realism.  There are a number of ways to provide them, some easier than others.  This month, we’ll follow the process and the logic applied to one example and show how it […]

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#110 June Status Report

June 3, 2016

This month’s article finishes the tale of lighting the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Fox Theater marquee and sign.  Figure 1 shows how it looked in “daylight” lighting before its upgrade. Figure 1 The Unmodified Fox Theater Sign and Marquee (14 Dec 2015) To avoid leaving a “void” where the original sign and marquee had been […]

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#105 January Status Report

January 2, 2016

This month’s article shows you some new additions to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. The order is as you would encounter them as you walk the aisle through the layout. In the area of the Middle Period Engine Servicing Facility across the tracks from the train station is a newly added gas station and liquid […]

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#104 December Status Report

December 2, 2015

Christmas is coming, and the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) team has again set up the Christmas layout in the EJ display area. This is available to visitors free of admission charge. The layout has three loops of track on three different levels, a canyon that runs across it from one side to the other with a […]

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#103 November Status Report

November 21, 2015

This month’s article about the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Elwood Grill upgrade finishes the series on that subject. You’ll be able to see what the interior looks like installed in its Middle Period City building. For orientation, the Grill’s building is shown in Figure 1, with the Grill in its lower right corner, just to […]

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#102 October Status Report

October 12, 2015

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 102) This month’s article about the work of modeling the interior of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Elwood Grill is about putting all the details together into modules that can be easily installed, fully assembled and outfitted with the necessary details, into its Middle City building. As the […]

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#101 September Status Report

September 18, 2015

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 101) This month’s article about the work of modeling the interior of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Elwood Grill is about people. The diner needs both staff and customers to bring it to life. Since the cooking area is at the back wall of the dining area, the […]

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Christmas is Here At the Junction!

September 16, 2015

The past few weeks have been busy here at EnterTRAINment while we’ve been tearing down Halloween and setting up for Christmas! Now it’s here and waiting for you! Come take a journey to the North Pole and get a cookie from Mrs. Clause, then meet Santa himself! We also have our Main Street Holiday Train Display which […]

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#100 August Status Report

August 5, 2015

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 100) The work of modeling the interior of the EnterTRAINment Junction layout’s Elwood Grill has included paying attention the many accessories that could be found in a late 1940’s diner.  In this article we’ll explore not only the models of some of these details, but also indicate how […]

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