Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What kinds of operating layouts
will you have? What do your vendors sell?
A. We generally
try to get good representatives of each scale in model railroading, from Z to G
(think 3-inch to 3-foot-long locomotives). Depending upon applications, we
usually get local layouts as well as some from Milwaukee, Madison, and “up
north”. We try to keep the mix fresh so there’s always something new to see.
As for vendors, they sell everything related to trains and model railroading, at
all price levels. Not only will you find model locomotives, cars, structures,
and kits, but also art, magazines, toys, books, videos, clothing, memorabilia,
antiques, memberships and subscriptions, etc.
Q. How do we enter the door
Very simply: we have two-part tickets
with matching numbers...all that enter (including kids) receive a ticket. Please hang on to your ticket stub after entering
The hourly door prizes are donated by our vendors, and we pull about four or
five numbers each hour. You must be present to win and we will make an
announcement over the public address system.
The grand prize is typically a complete train set!
Register near the Show Office; you need not be present
to win. All hourly winners are still eligible for
the grand prize.
Q. What are the "WLD" and the "NMRA"?
Glad you asked! The
Winnebagoland Division (WLD) of the
National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) is
a sponsor of the show; please see their booth for more information and advocacy
of the hobby.
The WLD is the local organized chapter of the NMRA, with its own officers and
independence; however it is chartered to promote the hobby of model railroading
on behalf of the NMRA.
The NMRA is the national advocacy corporation for the hobby; not only are model
railroaders themselves members, but also the companies that manufacture or
publish for the hobby as well. The NMRA sets industry standards to ensure
interoperability at most scales, maintains an archives, and assists and provides
valuable services to local groups and individual members to further and promote the hobby.
Q. How do I vote for my favorite
A. On your
way into the show, you will be given a program with a vendor and
exhibitor listing and map. Also included is a ballot form where you can vote
for your favorite layout, as well as the “World’s Greatest Ambassador”
(friendliest and most educational vendor or exhibitor). If you don’t have one,
or need another, there will be extras by the ballot box.
Just pencil in your vote, tear off the corner, and drop in into our ballot box
by the show office on your way out! Winners are recognized and given an award
Please take the time to vote; our exhibitors always appreciate public
recognition of their hard work!
Q. My family is coming with me; what
else is there to do in the area?
parking is in the Lambeau Field parking lot across the street; you can go there
and take a stadium tour or visit their Hall of Fame and Pro Shop.
Titletown Brewing Company
is a restaurant and microbrewery located inside a historic Chicago &
Northwestern depot downtown by the river, right across from the Neville Public
About five minutes away is the National Railroad Museum with their large
historic collection; you can visit their booth at the show.
Just fifteen minutes north of Green Bay is the NEW Zoo, and across the river
next to Hwy 172 is Heritage Hill State Park.
Bay Park Square is a large regional mall and shopping district located about a
mile south of our show down Oneida Street.
For more information about what to see and do in Green Bay, please visit
Q. What’s the easiest way to get
into town and to the show?
the north and south, come in on US 41 and take the Lombardi Avenue exit. Turn east and go about a mile,
just past Lambeau Field. The expo complex is on the right (you can’t miss it!).
You can also take Interstate 43, exiting at Hwy 172
west; take 172 across the river to US 41 north – stay in the right lane and exit
at Lombardi as above.
From the west, all major roads eventually intersect with US 41, so see the above
If you’re really motivated and coming in by plane or helicopter, the airport is about two
miles west of US 41 on Hwy 172.
Sorry, we don’t have any local passenger train service (unless you count
Bay Beach)! Nearest station is the Amtrak
depot in downtown Milwaukee.
MAP for those who can't read directions!
Q. What kind of accommodations
are there in Green Bay?
A. Green Bay
has over 4,000 hotel rooms because of the Packers. Therefore, as this show is
intentionally held during the football off-season, we are confident there will be
no problems finding accommodations.
Hotels include Best Western immediately next door, a Quality Inn across the
street, and a Hilton Garden Inn and a Staybridge Suites, both a short walk away.
Plus the Tundra Lodge Resort and Waterpark a block to the east, and the new
Lodge Kohler a block to the west for more upscale accommodations. In addition, there are many other chain hotels a short drive south down Oneida
Street, as well as every conceivable restaurant imaginable (but of course, the
ideal place to eat would be at
Titletown Brewing Company!).
Q. What about parking?
A. Regular day-of-show parking
will be $4.00; all parking will be across the street in the Lambeau Field lot.
Handicap parking ONLY is available in the front of the facility (off Armed
Forces Drive) for the same fee.
Q. Do you accept credit cards
A. Our ticket booth
does not accept checks or credit cards at this time; however there is an
ATM in the facility and we can make arrangements for you to use it. Many
vendors in the show will accept cards for purchases made at their booths,
Q. How do I become a show sponsor,
vendor, or exhibitor?
A. We’d be happy
to talk to you about becoming involved with TTS. Please feel free to
email, or visit us in the show office!
Q. I heard
recently that Shopko Hall is being torn down. What are your plans for
Our last show at Shopko Hall will be April 2019. After that the county
will tear it and the Arena down and build a new, larger, state-of-the-art
exhibition hall. In the meantime TTS 2020 will be at the
KI Convention Center in
downtown Green Bay.
intent is to hold the show at the new facility if it opens by April 2021.
Q. Why do you guys like trains so
they’re cool and go “choo-choo”!
Seriously, trains are an important and romantic reflection of America's history
and westward expansion. While freight railroads still play a major part in our shipping economy,
and Amtrak successfully serves those who want to avoid the hassles of flying, the
“golden age” of passenger trains is long gone. Model railroading helps us to
maintain that romantic connection, while allowing us to express ourselves in various ways
through the myriad aspects of the hobby and its enjoyable community.
Model trains are also an engaging family activity, accessible to all ages at all
skill levels... you can take the hobby as far as your imagination and motivation
take you. It's physical and tangible and can reward the solo practitioner
(though clubs are fun too!), it's less frustrating than golf and less
injury-prone than soccer or football. You don't (typically) need a
computer or video game console, yet the hobby is loaded with more technology
than many other pasttimes!
Plus our spouses are more likely to find us at home most Saturday nights working
in the basement rather than cavorting in the bars!
Vendor - Exhibitor Questions
Q. I sent in our layout
application the day after we received it from you, but now I've been told we
didn't make it into the show! What gives???
Unfortunately this has been a problematic issue among modular layouts
interested in attending TTS. We sympathize with you, as many of you are
good friends; however we refuse to "play favorites" and have to make things fair
The reality is we get many more applications than we can fit in the exhibit
hall; therefore we have to turn down some layouts. Somebody has to be
told the bad news, but how do we decide? To deal with this, we send out all layout
applications at the same time, then accept layouts on a first-received basis by
scale, according to postmark.
That means "first Z, first N, first HO, first S, first O, first G, second Z,
second N, etc...." until we have filled up. Sometimes we contact one or
two clubs that might be placed on "standby" in case we need to fill space at the
last minute due to cancellations and such.
Note that we usually accept everyone that applies in every scale except HO,
because we typically don't get all that many applications in Z, S, or G; inevitably it's three or four HO layouts that must be turned away.
Regrettably, this policy has favored applicants not affected by irregularities
in the US Postal Service; sometimes a club sends out an application and we don't
receive it for ten days due to routing through a distant post office, for
AS A RESULT,
layouts that are turned down one year are guaranteed a spot at the following
year's show. The remaining spots will be filled by our regular policy
above. In other words, layouts turned down for TTS
2017 will be offered a guaranteed spot at TTS 2018.
Q. I noticed in the contract that
“proof of insurance” might be required. What’s that about? I can’t
facility is covered under the NMRA's show insurance unless you have special
hazards (such as a train ride); in those cases TTS and PMI would need to be
listed as additional insureds in your policy. It is
assumed that all sellers cover their personal property under business or
Please let us know if you have liability insurance that covers your own group as
we would like to have a copy for our records.
Q. When is setup?
A. Setup is
scheduled for Noon to 9pm on the Friday before the show, and 7am to 9am
on the Saturday of the show. Once all the contracts are received and the floor
plan has been blocked out, we will send out your confirmations. Included will be
an information packet with confirmed setup and takedown dates, times and
It would be helpful for us to know ahead of time approximately when
each vendor and exhibitor was thinking of coming for setup. This way we
can plan traffic and loading/unloading movements and staging the latecomers
nearer the rear of the facility.
Q. What about parking?
A. Vendors and exhibitors will be given a limited
number of free parking passes to be handed out at the show; overnight truck and
trailer parking will be available also. Regular day-of-show parking will be
$4.00; all parking will be ACROSS THE STREET in the Lambeau Field lot.
[RV's are not allowed to park overnight in the Lambeau lot and will be ticketed;
you may be able to make arrangements with PMI to park overnight in the north
Shopko Hall lot for a fee (shore power extra)... contact us if you're
parking ONLY is available in the front of the facility (along Armed Forces
Drive); however we ask that you
do NOT bring your inventory or materials in through the front doors unless it is
HAND CARRIED (this is a facility policy).
Parking in the rear (north) lot of Shopko Hall is RESERVED FOR VOLUNTEERS AND
SHOW PERSONNEL ONLY! Please do NOT park in the north lot, as it gets crowded
quickly, especially during setup and takedown.
Q. How do move-in and move-out
work? Can we drive in?
A. With your
confirmation packet will be instructions for loading and unloading, etc. Under
normal conditions, you may drive in to load and unload through the two north
overhead doors, providing the show floor is not too crowded – our volunteers
will be directing traffic in the most expedient way possible. In the event of
very wet or snowy weather, we may only allow vehicles as far in as the rear
For takedown ONLY, we will allow you to use the side exits where possible,
however please do not drive on the grass. Again, no material through the
front doors, in or out, unless it is HAND CARRIED... NO EXCEPTIONS.
Please understand and heed these loading, unloading, and parking requirements,
as they are primarily dictated by the facility management. We know the issues
getting in and out – believe us, we’ve been there – but there are reasons for
Q. I have relatives/friends that
will like to come along; can I get complimentary tickets?
for vendors and exhibitors will be no charge for only those people who will be
getting name badges. Please make sure you fill out and send in your name badge
list when you receive it with your contract or confirmation packet and make sure
it is correct! We ask that
vendors limit their lists to six (6) persons max, exhibitors are limited to
fifteen (15); we can
offer discounted tickets (at the advance rate) for those on your list exceeding
the limit. Advance tickets can be purchased prior to the show for $1 off normal price
(currently $6). Please call or email for details.
Q. The contract for non-selling
exhibitors requests a space size OR number of tables. What if I need tables
inside my space?
A. For those
exhibitors setting up a modular layout, you automatically get two tables; if you
need more we ask that you chip in a nominal fee (see your exhibitor contract
form). The request for number of tables on the form is for those exhibitors who
have a display that sits on top of a table.
Q. I am requesting a “prime” space
with pipe & drape. Does that include skirting on the tables? What about
skirting is included for the
one table included with each prime spot. For extra tables, you must still
supply your own skirting or rent it from the facility as indicated on the
application. All tables in the facility (except for
those inside layouts) will be required to have skirting; tablecloths
that drape down at least 12” will suffice.
Carpet is available for an extra cost, though you may bring your own.
Q. I like to have my tables
arranged in a specific way that suits my display. How can I make sure I can
have it that way?
A. We can make
no guarantees as to your exact location in the facility or how we can arrange
your space. However, if you send us a sketch or description, we will make every
effort to accommodate you. Please note
that wall space is very limited!
Our bottom line is to maximize the number of vendors
and exhibitors we can comfortably fit inside this facility, so if your space
needs are unnecessarily wasteful, we will ask you to modify your requirements.
We also understand the requests to “please put me in the same spot I had last
year”, which we will also attempt to accommodate if possible.
Q. We have a large/irregularly
sized modular layout; can we fit it in at your show?
A. If you can
arrange your layout into a variety of sizes or configurations, we would
appreciate the options. Please send a sketch or two of how it is arranged.
Remember, your size must include whatever standoffs you use, as we do not supply
Longer, narrower layouts are usually easier to place than big squares; L-shapes
are discouraged. We have limited space on the floor so please understand if we
cannot accommodate your larger setups; we cannot be like Trainfest!
Q. Do exhibitors have to pay for
electricity? Can we have more than one plug?
is supplied at no cost for non-selling
exhibitors, including layouts. However,
we will limit each exhibitor to ONE electrical connection; you may plug a power
strip into it if you have more than one cord. Each receptacle should be
adequate for most needs and will be provided in the floor or from the wall
nearby. Please be patient during setup as we rely on facility personnel to
provide the hookups.
Note also that
electrical inspectors are enforcing codes and they do not like to see
daisy-chained power strips and extension cords. We suggest
you upgrade your electrical distribution and keep it tidy and out of the way to
avoid inquiries and possible inspection problems!
Q. What about phone or
A. Phone and
internet service (including wi-fi) is available from the facility; however in
our opinion the cost is high enough that we suggest making other arrangements if
possible. There is no public phone available.
Q. What is Shopko Hall?
A. The show
will be in Shopko Hall, a 42,000 square foot expo hall built in 1986; it is
sandwiched between the Brown County Arena and the Resch Center arena across
from Lambeau Field. The facility is rectangular, column-free, with floor
receptacles on a 30-foot grid. There are two ground-level loading doors on the
north side (rear), accessible from Lombardi Avenue; a recessed loading dock is
also available. The main (public) entrance,
box office, and show office are located on the south side, accessible from Armed
Forces Way (off Oneida St.). For more information, click
Q. What are your plans for the show after
immediately after our April 2019 show, the county will be tearing down
Shopko Hall and the old Arena in preparation for a new, larger,
state-of-the-art exhibition hall. Our intent is to continue holding
the show at the new facility starting in 2021 if it is open by then.
In the meantime we will be at the
KI Convention Center in
downtown Green Bay for at least 2020. We will keep you advised as we have more
information to share.
Q. What about the “connector”?
attached to Shopko Hall are two smaller areas. On the west is a small connector
that leads to the Brown County Arena; part of it is sloped, so we use it
generally as a staging area for the train ride, as well as some ancillary
On the east side is a connection to the Resch Center (arena) which is about
5,000 square feet with a rubber floor and its own exterior doors. We are able
to use it when it’s available, however if there is a concert or other function
at the Resch Center the same date as TTS, the facility has first rights to it
(generally as prefunction space or hospitality area for visiting artists). There is no PA connected to the
main hall, so you may miss announcements in there.
Because of the nature of the “Resch Connector”, we cannot guarantee its
availability to any vendors or exhibitors.
Q. Will there be a modeling contest
during the show?
A. Yes, we will
have a contest with various categories showcasing the many talents of the area
model railroading community. Categories and Rules can be found on our website
HERE, and it is open to vendors, exhibitors, and visitors alike. The local Winnebagoland Division of the NMRA is represented at our show, however they
generally do not hold an NMRA-style model contest.
Q. Is the Titletown Train Show
affiliated with the NMRA?
A. In a
way, yes. The show is managed by an independent local organization, TTS of
Green Bay LLC, though its directors are NMRA members and upstanding citizens of
the larger local model railroading community. Also, local NMRA members do
volunteer for the show and sponsor us to cover the show's insurance.
It just seemed to work better to put on the show independently of any other
modeling organization for the time being.
Q. Can we bring food into the
facility? Concession food is always so expensive!
A. Due to
the nature of our contract with the facility, no outside food will be allowed
in. On Friday during setup you may come and go all day if you wish to eat at
any fine local establishment; however due to the low volume in the past,
concessions will not be open on Friday. The food service also used to
offer pre-order forms for us to distribute to our vendors but again, due to low
usage, this service has been dropped.
Please note that the concessions are run by the facility management and as such
we have no control over menu choices or prices.
As usual, TTS will be providing coffee free of charge to our vendors Saturday
and Sunday mornings at the office before the show opens.
Any other questions?
Too bad! You'll just have to come to the show and ask!