Frisco Train Store
More than just a store, the Frisco Train Store offers a large children’s play area where kids can explore on different train tables with tunnels, bridges and more. Frisco Family Fun Nights take place the second Friday of each month. Children can decorate a train cookie, get their face painted and still have lots of time to play. Admission to the Frisco Fun Nights is $5 for children 18 months and older; adults enjoy free admission.
Frisco Train Store is located at 24 Front St., Valley Park, MO. The store is closed Monday. Tuesday through Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays hours are noon to 5 p.m.
Museum of Transportation
If a railway equipment collection featuring over 190 exhibits isn’t enough, the Museum of Transportation offers rides on a miniature train. The train operates weather permitting at various times throughout the week. Click here for the Miniature Train Schedule.
The Museum of Transportation is located at 2933 Barrett Station Rd., Kirkwood, MO. The museum’s summer hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. An additional $5 ride wristband is required for unlimited rides on the miniature train.
Wabash, Frisco and Pacific Railroad
The Wabash, Frisco and Pacific Railroad is a great place to visit on a Sunday afternoon for a 2-mile ride on a steam rail. The 30-minute ride takes guests along the Meramec River.
The Steam Railroad is located at 101 Grand Ave., Glencoe, MO. Rides are typically offered every Sunday from May to October from 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Note that due to recent flooding, the 2017 opening has been postponed till June 4. Children age 3 and younger ride free; a $4 donation is requested for all other participants.
Zooline Railroad at the Saint Louis Zoo
For over 50 years, the Zooline Railroad has been a popular attraction within the Saint Louis Zoo. Guests are in for a treat while riding in the open-air train, which is pulled by a locomotive engine. More than a way to get between animal habitats, the Zooline features a narrated tour throughout the zoo grounds.
If you have an aspiring train engineer in your family, consider the Engineer-for-a-Day experience. Participants spend time in the train shed, ride up-front with the engineer during actual tours and more. It’s a hands-on opportunity for ages 7 and up. The cost is $135 for the general public and reservations are required.
Saint Louis Zoo is located at One Government Dr., St. Louis, MO. The Zooline Railroad operates 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Tickets are $7.95 per person for unlimited access for the day.
If taking a trip isn’t in the plans, stop by the Train Station to see a refurbished antique railroad scale. Visit Kirkwood Public Library's recently refurbished, train-themed Children's Room to check out a book on trains, and end your journey with a visit to Custard Station for a treat.
27th Annual Greater St. Louis Metro Area Train Show
A tradition of family-friendly train fun can be found at the 27th Annual Greater St. Louis Metro Area Train Show. Sponsored by the Mississippi Valley N Scalers LLC, the show features swap tables, layouts, door prizes and more.
The annual train show takes place in the Kirkwood Community Center, located at 111 S Geyer Rd., Kirkwood, MO, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday’s are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; children and students ages 25 and under are free with ID.
Gateway NMRA St. Louis Train Show and Model Contest
If someone in your family is a lover of train models, consider having them participate in one of the contests at the Gateway NMRA Train Show. If you’re not quite ready for a competition but would like to learn more, there are several clinics offered throughout the day. There’s something for even the casual train enthusiast. The event also includes train model layouts hands-on activities for kids.
Visit Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 14088 Clayton Rd., Town and Country, MO, Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children under 12 with an adult.
St. Louis Live Steamers
“Steam under pressure doing real work,” is the origin of the name St. Louis Live Steamers, a dedicated group of individuals that operate out of Kircher Park in Eureka. Make plans to attend one of the group’s free public runs on an upcoming Saturday.
Kircher Park is located at 25 Williams Rd., Eureka, MO. Public runs are offered from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the following upcoming Saturdays: June 10, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 9 (as part of Eureka Days), and Oct. 7.
The Big Bend Railroad Club
With a rich history operating out of the former passenger depot for the Frisco Railway, The Big Bend Railroad Club provides an up close and personal look at the construction of a ¼”-to-the-foot model train.
If you’re interested in the “nuts and bolts” of model railroads, stop by the club’s building at 8833 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO, 63119 on the first Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m, when they welcome public visits.
Lionel RR Club of St. Louis
If you are interested in learning more about Lionel model trains, the Lionel RR Club of St. Louis has layouts displayed for fans to stop by and see. Check the club’s Facebook page for upcoming events that the whole family will enjoy attending.
Lionel RR Club is located in the Reinhold Electric building at 200 W Tesson Street, St. Louis, MO. They are usually there operating Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. It’s a good idea to check ahead before stopping by for a visit.
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