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Museum at night.

What's special about the Museum?
It has one of the largest collections of toy trains in the world. The building itself resembles a Victorian-era train station in California. Also houses National Toy Train Library. More info on Train Collectors Association on our main site.

What's your oldest train?
Stevens.The Stevens Alcohol Burning Locomotive, dates back to around 1840. We exhibit many vintage, valuable trains.

Do they all run?
Many do. Many are quite old or rare, and don't run.

How long does a visit take?
You can walk through the exhibits in about an hour, but to run the trains and watch the videos, you could spend longer.

How do I run the trains?
A number of our trainsets are arranged so all you have to do is push a button, and they run a predetermined circuit. No special skills needed!

WIFI Controls?
Yes, several of our layouts use the latest WIFI controls. Bring your smartphone! The building offers free WIFI.

Can I take photographs?
Sure thing! We encourage it. (Professional shoots require permission.)

Do you have food available?
No, we do not, and visitors are requested not to eat inside the Museum.

Store.Things to buy?
Yes, you can buy various games, books, gifts, and toy train items. Some of our items are available through online sales also (not mobile).

Is your Library open to all visitors?
Visitors are welcome. This is a reference library which does not lend books. Since its hours vary, call ahead for serious research.

Handicapped Accessible?
Yes, the entire facility is. Feel free to call ahead if you have any questions about this.

More Info on Toy Trains?
Go here (not mobile).