This station-inspired building houses a collection of toy trains ranging from the 1800’s to the present. With several operating layouts and other local attractions in theme with trains and toy trains, the National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, Pennsylvania is a stop that should be on your list.
We visited the National Toy Train Museum in early November on a Sunday. If you’re looking for an escape from the responsibilities of everyday life, let me tell you, this seems to be a place to do it. The drive there on Paradise Road was highlighted by farms, old homes, and horse-drawn buggies.
Be sure to check out the museum’s website for current pricing information, but we paid $7 USD for each adult. I was surprised by this amount, and expected a higher fee due to the size of the collection and number of active displays.
The museum was gearing up for Christmas with a large decorated tree and wreath by the entrance to the exhibits. They also had the “Polar Express” playing in the back of the room, which would be a great distraction for any younger children in your group that would happen to get bored. I’m not sure I’d get bored in a place like this, but I’m sure it’s possible!
There’s plenty of buttons to push, trains to watch, hidden humor, and literature that I would recommend allowing anywhere between one and four hours for this museum. There is only two rooms to walk through, so if you breeze through like me you’ll be done with the exhibits in no time. However, if you’ve got small children, or enthusiasts, I’d allow plenty of time for play, or close inspection.
If you’re looking for lodging in the area and have kids, or a train enthusiast, in your party, I’d like to suggest the Red Caboose Motel. Why? Well, it’s actually right next door to the National Toy Train Museum, nestled in the countryside.
There are 38 different cabooses having 7 different layouts. The “Honeymoon Caboose” even features a whirlpool bath! Coming spring of 2017 there will be the option of a “Farmhouse Efficiency Suite” that offers a little more room for a larger party. Additionally, there are RV sites.
“Casey Jones’ Restaurant” is on-site located in a Pennsylvania Railroad dining car. It appears to be lightly renovated in order to preserve the original integrity. You can view the menu here.