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Great roadside attraction - if you are into trains, models or need to entertain small children, give this a go. Ride the train outside - short but relaxing!
Long ago, I was told that most great things were created by a "monomaniac on a mission." Northlands and its creator "Bruce" certainly qualify. First the criticisms: it is obvious that the facility is ... read more »
On our way to New Hope, we stopped by this wonderful museum. As other reviewers had mentioned it is dated and run down a bit but it is still a marvel to see. The many model RXR trains, tracks, houses ... read more »
IT WAS MY FRIST TIME AT NORTHLANDZ.I WOULD COME BACK AGAIN TO SEE THINGS THAT I MIGHT HAVE MISS ON MY FRIST VISIT.SOME OF THE VIEWS WERE BREATH TAKING WHEN I WAS AT THE TOP LOOKING DOWN.I WAS VERY IMPRESS WITH ALL THE FINE DETAILING OF THE CANYONS,BRIDGES,TRAIN TUNNELS,TOWNS,CITIES AND LANDSCAPE. I SPENT ALMOST THREE HOURS JUST LOOKING AT EVERYTHING.WELL WORTH THE TIME. I SAW VIDEOS ON UTUBE BUT TO SEE IN PERSON WAS A TREAT.WHEN I CAME THERE I SAW BRUCE ZACCAGNINO WEARING HIS HAT THAT I SAW ON THE VIDEOS.I INDRODUCE MYSELF I SHAKE HIS HAND.AFTER I WENT THUR THE TOUR I STOP AT THE GIFT SHOP AND BOUGHT A FEW THINGS,THAT IS WERE I MEET BRUCE'S WIFE. SO IF ANYBODY WANTS TO SEE A WORLD'S LARGEST MINIATURE MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY.GO THERE YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BRUCE. GLENN SCHADLER BETHLEHEM PA.
(Note: my review is from my memory of visiting with my kids about 15 years ago) I'm a model train enthusiast looking for cool stuff to show my kids. The ticket prices back then were about $17 -- a bit steep I thought, with not much reduction for kids' prices. Upon first entering, it's a model train buff's wonderland -- a well designed train exhibit with beautiful scenery, track routes, with a recurring motif of trains flanked by a usually steep mountainside and a river. My kids and I perhaps spent 15 to 20 minutes on the first few exhibits, marveling at trains emerging from tunnels, crossing bridges, crossing gates going down, lit up tiny houses, rocks and shrubberies and track yards -- the whole kit and kaboodle. It is a spectacle to behold, picture-worthy, fun, as if we wanted to 'drink in' the beauty visually. But then you keep walking. And walking. And walking. And what had seemed so exciting at first gets old fast, with the same train-winding-around-the-hillside motif, same steep hillsides. There are a few exceptions: I remember one joke-oriented exhibit with a tiny house built atop a vertical rock-pylon, leaving us to wonder how the tiny imaginary inhabitant ever got into her house by climbing the cliffside; I remember a cityscape with a different gauge railroad. Yet the walkway keeps winding around the vast exhibit as a way of 'recycling' previous exhibits, so that you're looking at essentially the same train layout but from a different angle, which isn't too bad. I remember doll exhibits, a large organ stage-area (how was this relevant to trains?) and different gauge trains later on. There were a few spectacular train bridges built which showed real craftsmanship, with trains going overhead. My kids, maybe ages 7 and 4, got bored quickly, and we found ourselves almost running through the rest of the display because there was not much new to see. The exhibit morphed into an exercise track. There were a few doors so tired visitors could exit the long (1-2 mile?) walkway but then I wasn't sure if there was something better up ahead, so we kept walking. Was there something better up ahead? No. So it turned into a workout-hike. It left me with the impression that the creator was a definite train buff but that he got carried away, repeating the same motifs, not creatively thinking up new exhibits or working to solve the problem of how to keep visitors interested. Why not have more interactive exhibits? How about a camera on top of a train? How about letting kids control the engines or raise/lower crossing gates? With computer technology and robotics, amazing types of exhibits are possible, but I felt Northlandz was rooted more in the 1950s or earlier. I can see how trying to keep the exhibits from getting dusty would have been a problem, so my guess is that other reviewers' comments about dust and dirt may be accurate. How can a maintenance person vacuum up the displays without sucking up toy houses or shrubs or cabooses? If the price had been less -- maybe $8 or $10 -- I would have thought it was a bargain -- but $17? Good news -- they've lowered prices (as of July 2016) to $14 for adults and $10 for kids -- but I would recommend an even lower price, or have a special rate for families, so that a parent with kids in tow could afford it better. Overall, good but not great. Three stars.
Don't know why this came up under Angela cardamone, I am John S. Smith While this place is very impressive, I don't believe we got what we paid for. We, along with several others visiting when we did complained that a lot of trains were not running. Their website says 'up to 100' trains. The day we went there were 65 running. Still impressive, but it's like paying for 10 gallons of gas while getting only 6, buying a book with some chapters missing, a foot long hot dog and getting only six inches, or buying a music CD with 10 songs listed only to find 6 songs on the CD. I have no problem if a couple of trains are down for some kind of maintenance, but I would have given this a better rating if more trains had been running. I doubt I'll go back. I would definitely go back if more trains had been operating. I can't speak for everyone, but I doubt I'm alone in this, as I heard others making the same complaint. There were not a lot of visitors when we were there. Maybe this is why. If they kept more trains running they'd get more visitors returning
Wow is this place huge! Took us close to 3 hours at a leisurely pace to see everything. Plan on spending a lot of time walking up and down the multiple floors and numerous rooms of trains. They're not kidding about using over 8 miles of tracks. Lots of artwork and other stuff to see as well.
A very impressive display! The artwork and craftsman ship of the layout is top notch, and the towering vistas leave you baffled as to how they were constructed. As other users have said, it does get a bit repetitive after awhile, and some of the trains leave you wanting a tiny bit more (one single F3 pulling a boxcar isn't much to look at), and the layout was a bit weather beaten in some areas. That being said, such a display is no easy feat to maintain, and the walk through is a really great workout! It takes about 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours to walk through, with plenty of ramps and walkways. There are several impressive trains on the layout, such as a 20+ car tanker train and a high speed passenger limited, and the bridges and the towns are by far the best features on the layout, in addition to the neat mirror tricks used throughout. The outdoor train ride is a nice addition as well. All in all, a quirky and fun place to take a train obsessed kid/spouse, or a fun family outing to pass two hours.
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