The Rocky Mountain Train Show is held in Denver, Colorado- the first week in March each year. At 120,000 square feet and attendance in the 11,000 range, it is the largest show west of the Mississippi.
The roots of the show began 40 years ago when the Rocky Mountain Division of the Train Collectors Association announced their first “Holiday Meet” to be held Thanksgiving weekend, 1976. The Rocky Mountain Division was the first TCA Division to welcome the public to our shows in the early 1980s. The show grew to attendance of approximately 2,500, and then, as with many shows, began a decline that saw attendance shrink to approximately 1,200.
In 2009, the club formed a committee to look at solutions to revitalize the show. The decision was to “bet the farm” on moving the show to a world class exhibition facility, The Denver Mart. To back up this new show, it was determined that we would need to invest in an extensive advertising program. As the show started to grow, we reinvested all profits in additional advertising, which brought additional attendance gains.
With stellar manufacturer attendance including Athearn, Bachmann, Blackstone Models, Broadway Limited, Chooch Enterprises, Evan Designs, ExactRail, Hunterline, Intermountain Railway, Kadee, Kato, LGB, Marklin, Micro-Trains, MTH, NCE, North American Railcar, Rapido Trains, ScaleTrains.com, Scenic Express, SoundTraxx, Stoddarts Ltd, Sundance Marketing, Trainz, Trix, Tutweiler Fine Art, TW TrainWorx, Weathering Solutions and White River productions, we have met our goal of creating the must- attend railroad show for the western half of the United States.