Ophir, Tintic, & Western Model Train Show

This show has been moved to Spanish Fork in April! Same displays and set-up, but a new location. Here is the information for 2024:

OT&W 2024 Spring Train Show
Friday, April 5th, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, April 6th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Spanish Fork Fairgrounds – Tennis Pavillion
475 S Main St, Spanish Fork, UT  84660
$10 Adult, $25 Family, Children 8 and under Free

Every year the Ophir, Tintic, & Western Train Club (OTW) host a model train show at Thanksgiving Point. This exhibition has lots of different model train enthusiasts who set up their displays for those who attend to enjoy. There are also vendors with train products, plus hands-on activities for the kids. One of the reasons we love this show is that kids 10 and under are FREE, so you can take your young train lovers and enjoy a fun day watching the trains.

The model train show covers the whole barn.
There is a huge variety of trains to see.

The OTW Model Train Club show is held in the large Red Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point. The entire barn floor is covered with models that have been set up. There are model trains of all different sizes. When you visit you can wander around and watch the trains around the different tracks, and often at different speeds. One of our favorite things is finding all of the hidden objects in each of the displays. They aren’t really hidden, but they are often little people or animals and they keep our kids entertained. We always stop and watch Thomas the train, too. He is a larger train on a small track.

Make sure to look at all of the little displays.
We don’t know a lot about model trains, so we like to learn a little more each time we visit.
Thomas is always fun, especially for young children.
We watch every train go around their tracks.

One of the highlights every year is the Lego model display. There are so many characters and scenes that children and adults can enjoy. We usually see the Hogwarts Express, as well as Woody and the gang from Toy Story. This display takes up a very large area on the train show, and it’s colorful and bright, so everyone enjoys it. They even had a small train that kid could control on an iPad this past year. Our boys loved making the train go faster and slower around the track, and blowing the whistle. You can do something similar to this at The Train Shoppe (another fun train adventure).

The Lego model trains take up a huge space!
We love finding characters we know and love.
There is so much to see. You could spend hours looking.
Driving the train was a big hit.

We love that the Ophir, Tintic, & Western Train Club has added some hands-on activities to their show. When we visited last year, our boys made a little tree. They were able to glue it together and add some snow. It was pretty fun, and we used it in our little wooden train set since we don’t have a model train. There were other activities at different times throughout the day.

We had fun making our ow model tree.

If you have a train lover, this is a fun adventure. Our boys look forward to the Thanksgiving Point train show every year. Everyone 11 and older is $10, and kids 8 and under are free. For hours and more information, visit their webpage. We also like the Intermountain Train Expo that happens every year usually in the fall. Read more here.

Thanksgiving Point Train Show happens every January.

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