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National Toy Train Museum

Enter an old-time train station to be amazed at the detail and authenticity of scale model trains moving through elaborate settings.

The National Toy Train Museum presents exciting model train displays for hours of entertainment for kids of all ages. Push buttons to operate the animated displays. Watch with awe as small engines pull passenger and cargo cars over bridges, through tunnels and past miniature buildings, trees and people while trains on separate tracks roll along to other destinations.

Look for Lionel and American Flyer equipment as well as other manufacturers. Animated layouts feature G, HO, O, S and Standard gauge models. Lining the walls are thousands of examples of toy train cars made from plastic or metal. Older trains are steam or diesel while newer ones are electric and even controlled by computers. The oldest display, from 1840, is a Stevens steam locomotive with an alcohol burner. The history of hobby trains includes exhibits of old tinplate trains and the Model Railroader magazine popular with train collectors in the 1940s and 1950s. Visit the on-site library, which has over 500,000 items.

The museum is the headquarters for the Train Collectors Association. Chat with the folks here who are hobby train enthusiasts and volunteer as docents. Get started on your own train hobby with advice from these experts. Visit the shop to purchase train-themed gifts of all types.

Reach the train museum in Strasburg, about a 1-hour drive from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania or Wilmington, Delaware. Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are about a 90-minute drive away. The museum is generally open daily from June through August, on weekends in spring and fall and for school vacation weeks. Check the website for specific opening days and times. The entrance fee is reduced for seniors, children and families.

For a train-filled day, combine your visit to the National Toy Train Museum with stops at other nearby attractions. At the Choo Choo Barn see more model trains with animated scenes. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania provides a history of trains, with actual full-size engines, cars and cabooses. Ride the Strasburg Rail Road through scenic Amish farmlands on a round-trip to the town of Paradise.


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Red Caboose Motel CA $126
Red Caboose Motel

Red Caboose Motel

312 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Ronks, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from National Toy Train Museum and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Sight and Sound Theatre. The House of Donald Collectibles and Museum and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania are also within 15 minutes.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lancaster East - Strasburg CA $119
    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lancaster East - Strasburg

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lancaster East - Strasburg

    1900 Historic Dr, Strasburg, PA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Choo Choo Barn and Sight and Sound Theatre. Rockvale Outlets is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

      The Carriage House at Strasburg CA $111
      The Carriage House at Strasburg

      The Carriage House at Strasburg

      144 E Main St, Strasburg, PA
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Strasburg, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Choo Choo Barn and 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Sight and Sound Theatre. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and The House of Donald Collectibles and Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Clarion Inn Strasburg - Lancaster CA $90
        Clarion Inn Strasburg - Lancaster

        Clarion Inn Strasburg - Lancaster

        1400 Historic Drive, Strasburg, PA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Choo Choo Barn and Sight and Sound Theatre. Rockvale Outlets and American Music Theatre Lancaster are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn
          Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn

          Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn

          240 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks, PA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Ronks hotel is located in the shopping district, within 1 mi (2 km) of The Amish Village and Sight and Sound Theatre. Rockvale Outlets and American Music Theatre Lancaster are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Best Western Plus Revere Inn & Suites CA $126
            Best Western Plus Revere Inn & Suites

            Best Western Plus Revere Inn & Suites

            3063 Lincoln Highway E (US 30), Paradise, PA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Paradise, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bird in Hand Farmers Market and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. American Music Theatre Lancaster and Kitchen Kettle Village are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              1786 The Limestone Inn Bed & Breakfast CA $167
              1786 The Limestone Inn Bed & Breakfast

              1786 The Limestone Inn Bed & Breakfast

              33 E Main Street, Strasburg, PA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Strasburg, this bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Choo Choo Barn and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Sight and Sound Theatre. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and The House of Donald Collectibles and Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Soudersburg Motel CA $91
                Soudersburg Motel

                Soudersburg Motel

                2850 Lincoln Hwy E, Ronks, PA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Ronks, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rockvale Outlets, Bird in Hand Farmers Market and American Music Theatre Lancaster. Dutch Wonderland and Tanger Outlets Lancaster are also within 6 mi (10 km).