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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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  • Extensive and historic collection of toy trains. One of the largest in the country. Many I've neer seen before, Truly exciting.  more »
  • Was here 11 years ago with a railroad convention. I was really looking forward to coming here again. The nice HO brass collection that was here is gone, very sadly. However, the tinplate displays have...  more »
  • This was a great little stop to satisfy the boyhood model train fantasy. Many antique sets on display and several layouts in operation.  more »
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  • It was great there were so many trains. One lady even let me see her fix one of the trains. The people there are really nice and there is a scavenger hunt which is fun for adults and kids, good way of bonding with family.
  • Very well done museum with great layouts. Kids loved it. If you're doing the other train attractions in Strasburg don't miss out on this one but check their hours as they are not open all year.
  • An awesome place to bring the kids, or for a collect to come check out. Amazing scale displays and models.
  • Very comprehensive collection, plus many interactive train layouts for the kids.
  • Kids loved it! Okay I loved it too.

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Many of the town's lodgings are historical inns, some over 100 years old. The inns' thematic decor celebrates small-town life and country comfort. Many of these inns are near the city's main street, so a number of attractions are within walking distance.
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