Everything Thomas

July 31, 2020

It’s hard to believe it’s almost August! August is a popular month here at the Junction because August is synonymous with Thomas month! During Thomas month, EnterTRAINment Junction is decked out with Thomas decorations, crafts, a special scavenger hunt, and themed train ride! Not to mention Junction Hobbies and Toys has Thomas and Friends merchandise […]

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#155 July Status Report

July 23, 2020

In last month’s report I introduced the Cliff-Top Restaurant, which is the destination for customers of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Aerial Tramway. The restaurant has now been installed, initially as shown in Figure 1. However, it was decided that this location didn’t give the building the visibility it deserved, and so it was moved farther […]

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Summer Layout Tours

July 10, 2020

Looking for something fun and FREE to do this weekend with the family? The 2020 Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society (GCGRS) Summer Garden Railway Tour is on for tomorrow, July 11th, 12-6 PM. This is a great chance to see lots of trains and see multiple backyard train layouts around the Cincinnati area. Many of […]

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Christmas in July

June 29, 2020

We are excited to announce that Christmas in July is only a couple of days away! We’ve enjoyed seeing everyone back at our facility these past couple weeks and we look forward to seeing you for our Christmas in July special! From July 1- July 31 EnterTRAINment Junction will be giving families an opportunity to […]

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#154 June Status Report

June 18, 2020

Most of these recent reports have focused on the new Aerial Tramway at EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) with only cursory mention of what its purpose is in the world of the layout. It’s there to transport customers from the main level of EJ’s Middle City up to a cliff-top restaurant. That linked their development schedules, their […]

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Grand Re-Opening!

June 8, 2020

We are ecstatic to announce we will be re-opening THIS Wednesday, June 10th! It has been a long couple of months, but our staff has been working hard to create an even safer environment for our guests based on CDC guidelines. Safety & Sanitation For those of you coming to the Junction, please know that […]

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Social Distance Wedding Receptions

May 26, 2020

Hundreds of brides across Ohio have had to cancel their wedding receptions due to covid-19. Many others are struggling to create the wedding reception of their dreams while also following social distancing guidelines. Here at EnterTRAINment Junction, our event staff have been preparing our unique facility for you to host you reception under these guidelines. […]

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Junction Hobbies Re-Opening!

May 11, 2020

We cannot begin to express how excited we are to announce that on Tuesday, May 12th Junction Hobbies and Toys will be open to the public! We appreciate all the support of our small business during this time of crisis. Many of you placed orders online or over the phone during the past couple of […]

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Quarantine Birthdays

May 3, 2020

Kids look forward to their birthdays all year long and unfortunately our March, April, and now May birthdays have all been under quarantine. No one wants to be stuck inside…especially on their birthday! Here at EnterTRAINment Junction we know a thing or two about birthdays and we are here to help!  We have come up […]

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#153 April Status Report

April 30, 2020

The previous report (Part 152) looked at the track wire and haulage rope connections with EnterTRAINment Junction’s (EJ’s) Upper Aerial Tram Station. In this report, I’ll show how those connections transition their functions through the station’s structure and how the external building interfaces with that structure. Figure 1 is just a reminder of what the […]

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Make the most out of quarantine

April 20, 2020

The past few weeks of quarantine haven’t been easy. We know it’s difficult to work from home, homeschool the kids, and not go stir crazy! Here at EnterTRAINment Junction we’ve compiled a list of things to try to beat the boredom of the same routine day after day. Foodies-try a new recipe! Whether your signature […]

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You want ’em? We got ’em!

April 7, 2020

With the unfortunate spread of novel coronavirus, people are spending more time indoors, looking for fun in-home activities. For many, this has sparked a newfound interest in an old pastime… PUZZLES! Ravensburger is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of jigsaw puzzles and has seen a 370% increase in organic sales year over year. Our […]

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#152 March Status Report

March 28, 2020

     As we transition the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Aerial Tramway from development to operation, the time has come to document the system as it is in its “final” form, primarily so that future maintainers will know not only what it’s supposed to look like, but also why it is the way it is.  Saying, “It […]

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Fun from home

March 21, 2020

With everyone in lock-down mode we decided to come up with some fun activities to do at home! Whether it’s educational, physical, or creative- we’ve got you covered for the perfect quarantine time fun! Virtual A lot of places are now doing virtual visits! The Smithsonian has a glider which lets you soar above different […]

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Hot Dog Madness

March 14, 2020

Do you like hot dogs? If you answered yes, you’ve come to the right place! One of the most notable things about March here at the Junction is… hot dogs! Yes, you heard correctly-  EnterTRAINment Junction’s café offers 50 cent hot dogs for the entire month of March! We have been known to sell over […]

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Scale Model Expo

March 6, 2020

It’s that time again-time for the annual Scale Model Expo. This is the 11th year EnterTRAINment Junction has hosted the expo which was inspired by a show in Toledo. The name has changed over the years-it used to be called the model engineering show, but it has now become home to all sorts of models! […]

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Madness in March

March 1, 2020

We’ve gone mad with savings! March 1st- March 31st is our Month of Madness promotion. This month only you can visit our funhouse which includes our tilt room, mirror maze, disorienting vortex tunnel and more, for 50% OFF! That’s less than 5 bucks per person! Plus you can buy hot dogs for only 50¢ each! […]

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More marble games!

February 22, 2020

A while back we wrote a post about some classic, modern, marble games. We thought now was a good time to share more fun marble games with you! Cat’s Eye – This is vintage! I remember playing this at my grandma’s house as a child. 🙂  The game: 4 players’ marbles are dumped into a […]

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Train Craft Ideas

February 15, 2020

Got the winter time blues? How about making some fun train crafts at home?! It will surely keep your little one busy and help spark their creativity! Many of these crafts are fairly simple and minimal mess! Sponge Train Start by cutting the sponges into correct sizes and shapes. (You will need rectangles for the […]

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#151 February Status Report

February 11, 2020

The EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Aerial Tramway has at last been functionally tested on the layout, and by the time you read this, it should be hooked up to the EJ computer control system and functional for visitors to operate at the touch of a button (which has also already been installed). Like many systems that […]

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