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 layouts of toys trains made with many different manufacturers, sizes and gauges. Effortless takes one back to a different place and time in our hstoryi. A must see for anyone in "the good ol...  more »
  • Stopped by here on the way home from a trip to Hershey. This place took me back to the days when I was a kid playing with my dads train set. It was cool to see all the different gauges of trains and t...  more »
  • It's for toy train lovers. I went there with my daughter (4) and my son (almost 7) and they got bored fairly soon. Yes, there are several beautiful tracks and pushing buttons would make trains move - ...  more »
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  • We have been here multiple times and each time I see something new. Beautiful displays lovingly tended. A great variety of trains from tiny to large and ones designed for track use and others for floor use. Informative signs on the displays provide information about what you are viewing. Seasonal events make it fun for return visits.
  • This is sort of out of the way but absolutely worth a visit, with an amazing collection of all gauges of model railroads including a full Lego town set.
  • Trains from every view of history all lined up just to see trains running on tracks. and the wonderful trains you could ever imaged
  • Great place for toy train lovers. Some were from the early 1900's. You just might see your childhood trains here! Beautiful displays!
  • The museum is a fantastic family activity. Kids of all ages will love it!

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