National Toy Train Museum, Strasburg

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The National Toy Train Museum, at 300 Paradise Lane, in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, USA, is focused on creating an interactive display of toy trains. Its collection dates from the early 1800s through current production. The building houses the Toy Train Reference Library and the National Business Office of the Train Collectors Association. It is located just around the corner from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
The NTTM is owned and operated by the Train Collectors Association and serves as its headquarters. The museum's mission is to promote train collecting and to preserve the heritage of toy trains. Founded in 1977, part of the museum's ongoing appeal is that it brings children and adults together. The museum features five working train layouts and a Toy Train Reference Library with reference and archival materials serving model railroaders. The nearby Choo Choo Barn "features a more than 1,700-square-foot model train layout with 22 operating model trains and more than 150 animations".
In August 2012, the National Toy Train Museum was one of twenty locations invited to participate in an international virtual celebration of Swiss contributions to railroad technology. The Skype talks, in which engineers, historians, museum curators and other experts presented Swiss trains and other Swiss train technologies and answered questions from the public, were accessible by computer and at the participating locations.
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  • We enjoyed an hour walking around this very well put together museum. The layouts were fun and interactive, and the historic models on display were very cool. If you are interested in model trains at ...  more »
  • Such a treat for my grandson when he comes to spend time with us during the summer. Our grandson is 10 years old and we live a few hours away, but he wants to go and visit every year. There are so man...  more »
  • This is a professional display of antique model railway pieces and dozens of scale model displays of almost all gauges. Highly recommended  more »
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  • I originally came here for my son, but can honestly say that I ended up enjoying it myself as well. There are a number of really cool dioramas laid out with interactive landscapes and trains. There are also hundreds of older and antique model cars. Most importantly, though, was that the place is very kid friendly. The staff was as well! Worth a stop if you're in the area.
  • If you like trains this is a great museum for you to see... There is also a wagon hotel near this museum...
  • Great place, I took my 2 and 4 year old and they still talk about it a month later. Amazing train sets that they were able to control by pressing buttons. The staff was very nice and provided a fantastic few hours for us.
  • Gorgeous museum with well designed displays, many of which are interactive. Two of the gentlemen working on cleaning some of the track generously offered their advice, when I asked them about an issue my son has been having with his current brand of track. Personally, I'm not that into trains, but even I enjoyed this place!
  • Very interesting model trains to check out here. Each setup is interactive with buttons that kids can press to see different things happen. My nephews loved it!
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