From Our Editors
Train hobbyist Don Oeters founded EnterTRAINment Junction in 2008 to showcase railroading in an educational and amusing way. Two years later, his 80,000-square-foot facility was voted Ohio's Best Family Entertainment Center of 2010. At EnterTRAINment Junction, train enthusiasts can visit the railroad museum, drive hand-cranked locomotives, or bounce, climb, and crawl through Imagination Junction, an interactive kids' play area. Their newest addition, the A-Maze-N Funhouse, features five disorienting sideshow tents, with attractions such as Curtain Chaos, Clown College, Outer limits, and the Mirror Maze.
At the centerpiece, a 25,000-square-foot indoor model train display dazzles visitors with 90 G-scale trains and 2 miles of track winding through handcrafted landscapes, including an 11-foot waterfall, thousands of trees, and scenes documenting railroad's early, middle, and modern periods. Each train car is the size of a loaf of bread, making it easier for groups to see it or break it into communal pieces, and Oeters and his staff continually tweak the locomotive's surroundings by adding seasonal touches and installing minor or major updates. Historical train artifacts, educational videos, and interactive exhibits await amblers in the railroad museum, and the Imagination Junction kids' area entertains youngsters with train-themed play structures.