The National Toy Train Museum is located in Strasburg, a part of beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Museum building is modeled after a Victorian Era railroad depot in northern California.
The Museum boasts one of the largest publicly exhibited collections of miniature trains in the United States. Included in the collection are trains that children rode, pulled with a string or pushed on the floor. There are toy trains representing many gauges and scales. The collection showcases trains from the mid-1800’s to the present.
Visitors may operate one of our five layouts by pushing buttons to control not only the trains, but accessories, too. Each layout features a different scale train and fascinating, interactive scenes. There are even a few surprises! Our youngest visitors enjoy looking for some of these and giggle with delight upon their discovery. (Don’t forget to look for Snow White and her seven dwarfs when you visit.)
Unique collections line the walls and in our TCA Reserve Collection area you will see some very old and very rare distinctive toy trains. There is also a scale replica of a 1928 Lionel Train Dealer Display. To complete the experience, train videos run continuously on our large screen in the theater area where you are invited to sit on our comfortable benches and enjoy the moment.
The Museum also houses The Toy Train Reference Library. This is an extensive collection of books, magazines, catalogs, repair manuals, videos, films, photographs and other information on toy trains and their manufacturers. This research facility is open to the public fifty weeks per year.
To make your visit even more memorable, stop in our gift shop on your way out. You’re sure to find something special to commemorate your visit with us.
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The National Toy Train Museum is the national home of the Train Collectors Association and helps the Association accomplish its mission: To develop an appreciation of and to preserve an important segment of history – Tinplate Toy Trains – through research, education, community outreach, fellowship, establishment of collecting standards, and to promote the growth and enjoyment of collecting and operating toy, model and scale trains.
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