EnterTRAINment Junction is the fulfilled dream of owner Don Oeters, a successful Cincinnati businessman and train hobby enthusiast. His vision was to create something unique, a one-of-a-kind family entertainment center that would entertain, educate and promote railroading and the hobby in a magical environment. The attraction would be home to the World’s Biggest Model Train Layout which takes you on a virtual “train journey”, an indoor kid’s playground, a railroad museum, as well as a gift shop, hobby shop, snack bar, private rooms for birthday parties and events, and eventually an old style fun house to give it the feel of a nostalgic Cincinnati amusement park.
Don had the concept drawings produced by Bruce Robinson, a local architect whose resume includes most of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums in the world. Bruce took Don’s concept and created what can only be called an “Indoor Theme Park”. Response to the drawings was strong and Don decided to move forward with this unusual Cincinnati Attraction. Major construction changes to the building began in early 2007. Led by Larry Koehl, the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway club, Miami Valley Club and other volunteers planned the train display area and began to lay track, construct mountains and build miniatures in the Spring of 2007.
Knowing that, as true hobbyists, there would always be things to fix, change and upgrade Don and the team decided to open in mid-2008. As things progressed and after a few changes the opening date was set for August 1, 2008.
Don’s plan for the museum was simple, make it about the history of railroading, make it interactive and make it for all ages. On board came Dan and Ruth Britt of Hamilton. The couple had designed exhibits that have been seen all over the country including exhibits toured by the Smithsonian. Dan and Ruth were able to take mountains of information and create a world class museum that has been enjoyed by everyone from kid’s school groups to those who remember riding the rails during the heyday of passenger trains.
EnterTRAINment Junction is a family-fun dream come true, with tremendous appeal to children, parents, grandparents, hobbyists and railroad aficionados. Don continues to push his vision with constant additions including new structures and train controls added to the train display, museum items added in the summer of 2009, a hobby shop added in October of 2009, expansion of the kids area in March of 2010, and a new kid’s train ride added outside the building in June of 2010. In March of 2011 we had the Grand Opening of the A-Maze-N FunHouse: The Greatest FunHouse on Earth and in March of 2012 a new walk-thru was added to the FunHouse called Crazy Caper. In June of 2013 phase 2 of the train display was completed up on the mezzanine level. The historic Cincinnati Coney Island, circa 1965, was built in G-Scale with rides running and music playing. Taking some creative license we kept the trolley cars which came down Kellogg Avenue and actually stopped running in 1924. 2014 and 2015 saw additions in the Imagination Junction kid’s play area including a 20% expansion of the area’s popular kids climbing structure. Ya gotta see it to believe it!