Whether your interest lies with American Flyer, Lionel, K-Line, MTH or other miniature railroad formats, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum’s Toy Train Division offers something for everyone.
At least that is the hope of the fifty or so members of this relatively new fraternity, which offers opportunities for model railroad hobbyists who specialize in 3-rail, HO, S, N, Standard gauge and other scales to advance and explore their personal model railroad worlds.
The Toy Train Division came about following the donation in 2008 of Mr. John Ross’ extensive collection of Lionel trains and equipment, which became the centerpiece of the Toy Train Division display of toy train layouts.
The Toy Train Division is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, when the layouts are operated by volunteers, and on Thursday evenings to members, for socializing and work projects.
In addition to the many scale model layouts, (most of which are works in progress), the Toy Train Division features other items of interest as well. A large collection of railroad books and bound editions of model railroad magazines are available for inspection and study. A popular toy train layout for youngsters is the “Thomas the Tank Engine” layout, which youngsters are invited to operate.
Visitors will also find a small maintenance shop manned by locomotive experts like Peter Southard who keeps busy with train repairs, and like all Toy Train Division volunteers, are ready and willing to answer questions.
The 1880’s building housing the Toy Train Division is the former foundry shop now called the Chimney’s Building, because of the nine chimneys that run the length of each side of the building, originally used to vent the 18 forges.