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
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
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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