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Annual Operating Model Train Show



When and Where

The Greater Maple Valley Area Council annually hosts a community-wide Operating Model Train Show. Timing is usually on a mid-October Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Gracie Hansen Community Center, located at 27132 SE Ravensdale Way in Ravensdale.


The show provides a wonderful opportunity for local train enthusiasts of all ages. All gauges of model trains are available for viewing. There are many different train layouts, both large and small, displayed throughout both floors of the facility. There is also a train that children can ride on.


LEGO Contest

There is a LEGO-building contest. The LEGO display has an area where children can build their own LEGO train and run it. LEGO contest entries will be judged after noon on Saturday, and then displayed for all to appreciate.


There are train layouts that children can operate. Free model train catalogues and publications are always available. Many door prizes given out. The facility has lots of free parking available. There is a suggested donation for adults and children.


The Maple Valley Operating Model Train Show is the largest operating-only model train show in King County and perhaps the northwest. The show is designed to demonstrate that model trains are a viable and enjoyable hobby for people of all ages. Model trains encourage children especially to be more curious about the world around them and to learn more about math, physics, history, electricity, and art.


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