Category Archives: Train Shows

Pretty interesting article in the New York Times about a new Model railroad Museum to be designed by Architect Frank Gehry

The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture museum in North Adams Mass. 83,000 square feet with 40 foot ceilings to accommodate 35 foot tall Empire State Building.

The article can be accessed here  Extreme Model Railroad and Architecture Museum




Steamtown National Historic Site

In an ongoing summer of visiting railroad related sites, we visited Steamtown national Historic site in Scranton PA. run by the national park service. A lot of very interesting trains and exhibits. I’ll post more in a future post, but thought this cool cutaway of a steam engine showing the firebox, Boiler, smokebox and cylinder, was a good introduction.

Steam Engine cutaway


More about The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry has a model train display that is really much more than just a train layout. It is about transportation, and how the railroads move goods from place to place.
The fact that it is beautifully crafted, with scale large sections of Chicago and Seattle and the industries , plains, mountains etc in between, makes it a modelers must see if you are in Chicago.


The buildings in Chicago are true to the sections of the city that is being modeled. Two times an hour there is a short night segment to show the display in that setting.


Of course along the way showing double stack containers, mountain bridges and peaks, not to mention some human interest in a stream


UP in the mountains


Finally ending up in downtown Seattle including the docks.


Visiting Chicago Museum of Science and Industry / Tranportation

Visited the Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago this past weekend, to see their terrific HO model railroad exhibit, from Chicago through the plains, the rocky mountains, and ending up in Seattle.

I will put shots of the exhibit up in future posts, but this one to one scale Empire State Express greets you at the beginning.

Empire State Express

Closeup of Driver

Empire State Express Driver

Great Scale Model Train Show


Always a treat to attend the GSMTS, in Timonium Md at the Maryland state fair grounds. Held Sat and Sun, Oct 25th & 26th at the 3-1/2 acre Cow Palace. –

Cow Palace @ Timonium

Cow Palace @ Timonium

Some of my favorite dealers to visit,

Crusader Rail servicesScenic Express –  Tichy Train Group, Motrak


Part of Scenic Express Display

Part of Scenic Express Display

Part of Crusader Rail services Display

Sorry Greenway products  was not there as they always have lots of interesting and unusual detail items, and good buys on things like Classic metal works vehicles

Morris Arboretum Christmas trains

If you are ever in Philadelphia, it is worth a visit to the Morris Arboretum in the Chestnut Hill section of the city.
It is a wonderful garden experience as well as a terrific garden railroad, that winds under shrubs, trees and has many bridges, including one that passes overhead. There must be 8 or 10 trains running at once as well as Hill climbing geared cars.
It is open during warm weather, from approx April to October and then Holiday themed trains running from Thanksgiving until Jan 2nd.
The buildings are constructed of natural materials (pine cones, bark, reeds, branches etc. and are of historical buildings from the Philadelphia area. For the Holidays the houses are decorated with lights, garlands, candles, wreaths,etc.

Package trains

Package trains

Decorated house

Decorated house

High Bridge

High Bridge