3rd Annual Big Train Show June 1-2

The 3rd Annual Big Train Show will take place at East Tennessee State University’s Mini-Dome on June 1-2, in what is rapidly becoming one of the largest model train shows in the Southeast portion of the United States.

The show features more than 50 vendors with over 300 tables featuring the finest scale-model railroading equipment, collector-and- operator-grade tinplate and hi-rail trains, real railroad artifacts, associated railroad products, artwork and publications. In addition there will be operating model train layouts in many scales, including live-steam.

Johnson City and the Blue Plum Festival have teamed up with the show’s host, the George L. Carter Railroad Museum, to help market the event to the citizens of the region. The model train show will be held in ETSU’s 64,000 sq. ft. Mountain States Alliance Memorial Center (Mini-Dome) on the university campus adjacent to State of Franklin Street.

Show times are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 1 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Daily admission for adults is $6 and children under 12 years of age are admitted free.  For more information on the show, please contact Big Train Show chairman, Roger Teinert at 423/791-4937, or rojant@earthlink.net


Parking on ETSU parking lots for all attendees and in the nearby ETSU parking garage will also be available free of charge. There will be shuttle service between the Blue Plum Festival site and the Big Train Show allowing folks to park on the University campus to attend both events.


Easy access from I-26 and excellent hotel accommodations with the 4-star Carnegie Hotel just across the street from the train show venue.


While You’re There
Don’t forget to take the opportunity to visit the George L. Carter Railroad Museum, located in the nearby ETSU Campus Center Building and host to four scale-detailed railroads in G, HO, N and Hon3, the latter being the largest ET&WNC “Tweetsie” replica believed to exist in this scale. Admission is free.

The Blue Plum Festival will take place on June 1 & 2 in Founders Park of Downtown Johnson City. Event’s include music & arts, a 5K, a kids zone, and even a silent disco.