Mainline Tour: Miami Valley and Preview of 2017 Dayton/Springfield Train Show

Mainline Tour: Miami Valley (West Central Ohio)

2017 Dayton Train Show Preview

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor, The Ohio Railroader Website

Founder, The Original Ohio Valley Railroad Gang Facebook Page, EST 2010


So, as with every Mainline Tour article….we give you options for those who quite frankly do not like trains.

I.E. the rest of your family and friends


The Miami Valley Region near Springfield (home again to the Dayton Train Show) is no exception.

Just within 30 miles are many, many options.

Springfield itself offers many exploration points. This includes the Clark County Heritage Center which houses the Historical Society Museum. Many bike trails link together with the Great Miami Valley Bike Way System.  They go as far north as Bellefontaine and as south as Northeast Cincinnati.

Check out Springfield’s tourism website

Just south of Springfield; the small college town of Yellow Springs has a great hidden gem that many locals have known for years.

The Glen Helen Nature Preserve, administered by Antitoch College and the Nature Preserve Board; offers dozens of hiking trails and a raptor center. This can itself be a whole afternoon ; if not a day spent together.

Between Yellow Springs and Springfield, a world famous farm and dairy has tourists from all corners visit.

Young’s Jersey Dairy; right on US 68, features a dairy restaurant, a separate full service restaurant, family activities, a putt putt course, and a fully functional farm.

Website link below…..



As for the 2017 edition of the Dayton Train Show, it plans to be an great event.

One of Ohio’s Largest Train Shows; they will feature layouts from local clubs as well as clubs from around the state.

Dayton N-Trak, Crossroads Model Railroad Club, Miami Valley Modular Modelers are just of the few hometown clubs. Central Ohio N-Trak, Central Ohio S-Gaugers, and Queen City N-gineers expect to be in attendance.

All scales of model railroading will be represented at the show. Included, a large O Scale layout that has been part of Miami Valley history will be operating.

“Upper Valley Mall management has been very happy to host us,” Gail Yarnall chirped, preparing to meet with Upper Valley mall folks. “The location is so great to be close to freeways, I-75 to west, I-70 to the south.”

US Route 68 connects with the Troy Road exit; which makes for easy access.

The show will feature family friendly activities and giveaways for kids of all ages.

As Nick Bulger before him, Rick Lach has taken the torch of leading their Boy Scout Model Railroading Merit program. This will continue again at this year’s show.

Since the start, NMRA Division 3 has handed out over 1,000 merit badges. The young engineers would construct a freight car and take it home after the show.

Other events included how-to clinics, layout construction, railroad historical societies on hand, and clinics on train and track maintenance.

From the Dayton Train Show Website

2017 42nd Annual Dayton Train Show

J C Penney’s at the Upper Valley Mall
Saturday, Nov. 4 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, Nov. 5 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Admission $7.00, Active Duty Military with Proper ID $6.00, Free to Children 12 and under with Adult Paid Admission

(Sorry No Early Admissions)

Each year at the start of National Model Railroad Month, “Miami Valley” Division 3, MCR, of the National Model Railroad Association sponsors the Dayton Train Show. The 2016 Dayton Train Show had close to 4700 in attendance and over 400 vendor tables. Now we turn to the 2017 Dayton Train Show, our 42nd show!

There will be new and pre-owned locomotives, rolling stock, and structures in every scale from “G”, “O”, “S”, “HO”, “N” and “Z”. You will be able to find those small hobby tools you need, scenery making supplies, books on your favorite railroad. If you need it for your model railroad, it should be there.

We have one of the largest number of model railroad displays in the Midwest. with over 30 displays/exhibits. Model railroads will be operating in “G”, “O”, “S”, “HO”, “HOn3”, “N”, “Z”. Railroad historical and preservation societies will be offering info about your favorite railroads of the past and present.


“Olde” J C Penney’s at the Upper Valley Mall
1475 Upper Valley Pike
Springfield, Ohio

Myself and my daughter Hannah Grace will be covering for the website, as well as volunteering for NMRA Miami Valley during Sunday’s session of the Show.

Please feel free to visit the Dayton Train Show’s website for further visitor’s guides and other area model railroad information


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