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And you thought you were a pack rat? This place shows you no matter how much stuff you collected over the years it is a spit in the bucket compared what has been collected and put on display at Nothla... more »
The current owner built the entire model railroad complex himself. In room after room there are landscapes, bridges (some dazzling), running trains, villages, and mountains. It takes a good 1/2 - 1 1/... more »
I had the opportunity to revisit Northlandz recently and after 5 minutes there my smile was as wide as it gets. I immediately rekindled my childhood dreams as I watched the spectacle of trains rumblin... more »
Northlandz is a pretty amazing place. Built by one man, it is much larger than the building it is in looks since there are several levels. There are 8 miles of track, several operation organs including a pipe organ which the owner plays (concerts on the weekends). The model railroad is large with many bridges, canyons, and many trains. But to me what made the place particularly great was that there was a lot of funny scenes and strange buildings throughout. Definitely worth a stopover. Our visited lasted around two and and half hours which we didn’t expect, but there was enough entertainment to keep us there for that.
A massive train exhibit that astounds if not impresses and leaves you asking why on earth anyone would ever go to the trouble and expense of building something like this. About five minutes in you realize that the owner himself must not have considered this question carefully enough and as a result has left things literally filthy, disheveled, dimly lit and even unheated even in late December. And I still can’t shake the feeling of walking through a horror movie. However, our children did enjoy the exhibits and especially the outdoor train ride. That said it is quite expensive at $18 per adult and $9.75 per child plus $2.75 each for the train ride.
With all the negative reviews about the place looking old/dated, I went in with modest expectations and I was thrilled. It took about 90 minutes to cover everything at a decent pace. It's an engineering feat in how they managed to pack so many railway tracks and trains in an indoor space. It's bridges and tracks run into several levels. The railway tracks carry electricity to drive all the trains through all the meandering bridges and tunnels. The experience gets more immersive as you go past the first 30% of the exhibits. I would strongly recommend visiting for toddlers and adults of all ages.
The place was dirty from the first step inside the door. The ladies bathroom was even worse. The entire place needs a face lift and some remodeling. The plexiglass needs repair and cleaning. The displays are dated and in need dusting. Many sections of the rails were pulled away from the walls. The lighting was poor in many areas and it was so cold we had to keep our coats and gloves on while walking through the building Our grandkids liked the trains but noticed the same trains running around the displays. There may be 400 tunnels and 8 miles of track but they must count the tracks that aren’t used. I was very disappointed and will not recommend this to friends.
The layouts are funny, lots of detail and we liked the stories that went along with some areas. The trains, of course, were neat to watch going over the bridges and through tunnels. The gift shop was pretty picked over and the bathrooms weren't too clean, but overall it was a fun way to spend an afternoon.
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