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WEST CHESTER, OH-An interesting reuse of a 30-year-old industrial building has just opened here along Interstate 75, south of Tylersville Road. Local businessman Don Oeters has spent $10 million to purchase an 80,000 sf property here at 7379 Squire Ct. and renovate it into one of the world’s largest train museums and fun parks. EnterTrainment Junction features a play area, a museum, a miniature train creation center and the largest model train display in the world.

Oeters tells GlobeSt.com that he’s been thinking of the venture for four years, and bought the building, with the highway visibility, two years ago. “It’s the perfect location, it’s right on the highway, right in your face,” he says. “We’re 30 minutes from Dayton and Cincinnati, and 10 minutes away from the King’s Island adventure park.”

His display includes the 25,000-sf G-scale train display, with 90 different model engines pulling more than 1,200 of the train cars, each about the size of a loaf of bread. “I wanted to take a building and make it into a train entertainment center,” he says. “It took us six months to rehabilitate the place from the former tenants, who went bankrupt, and about a year to build the displays.” He says he’s had 500 to 1,000 guests at the park every day since it opened last week.

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