The shriek of the train whistle, a wave from a cheerful conductor, and the romance of the rails — it all adds up to a love of trains! There’s something about the clackety-clack of a train that captures the imagination of everyone from the littlest tykes to their parents and grandparents. This April, it’s all aboard for the perfect family day with SUPERTRAIN, Canada’s biggest and best Model Train Show, organized by the Calgary Model Railway Society!
Saturday and Sunday, April 20 – 21, 2024, SUPERTRAIN will be at the Genesis Centre, with over 50,000 sq. ft. of operating model railroad layouts, Lionel, Lego and Thomas trains, model building demonstrations, historical associations, railroad art and photos, hobby shops, manufacturers, and much more. The Children’s Play Area will also have large Thomas and Lego tables – all waiting to be enjoyed and Iron Horse Park will be back with their free ride-on trains!
Organized model railroading in Calgary goes back to 1934, when the first club, Calgary Model Trainmen, was started. In 1994, several model train clubs collaborated to put on one major Model Train Show for the public. Years later, after several outgrown venues, you can see how this train show has evolved into the two amazing days you can visit this year. Be sure to check out presentations and live demonstrations on how you can get started in model railroading because members of all the clubs love to share what inspired them!
Even if you’re not passionate about model trains, you’ll find something here to appreciate. Past years have included all kinds of activities and excitement, like face painters, henna tattoo artists, and a children’s storybook reader. The many exhibitors will impress you with new exhibits, spectacular displays, and a fun, affordable day out for the whole family.
SUPERTRAIN is one of Calgary’s top events. Many people went to their first SUPERTRAIN show in a stroller with their parents and are now back with their own children, sharing the love of trains and family time. Adult admission is $15 and children aged 15 years and younger get in for FREE. Make a day of it and enjoy a variety of treats and food options from onsite food trucks. Plus, SUPERTRAIN is proud to support the Calgary Food Bank and they welcome your non-perishable food donations.
Indulge your train lover’s passion with a day on the (mini) rails and family fun activities for everyone this spring!