The Museum

 

 

Note: This is a private museum and not open to the public.

It is in seven main areas:

Down the staircase with a Lionel Gauge 0 transfer table and various track and turntables, the Foyer beckons with a pre-WWII Hornby Gauge 0 tableau, and other early Gauge 0.

Down the staircase with a Lionel Gauge 0 transfer table and various track and turntables, the Foyer beckons with a pre-WWII Hornby Gauge 0 tableau, and other early Gauge 0.

The Foyer Alcove - the Hornby 0 tableau in the centre, the Early North American Hafner, Edmonds-Metzel to the left, and a medley of Gauge 0 curves to the right.

The Foyer Alcove - the Hornby 0 tableau in the centre, the Early North American Hafner, Edmonds-Metzel to the left, and a medley of Gauge 0 curves to the right.

Main Hall (End Wall), featuring North American and European 0 and H0 Gauges and track formations from the 1930s to the present.

Main Hall (End Wall), featuring North American and European 0 and H0 Gauges and track formations from the 1930s to the present.

The Main Hall (Main Wall) displays (for the most part) various North American and European track from the 1920s onwards.

The Main Hall (Main Wall) displays (for the most part) various North American and European track from the 1920s onwards.

The Main Hall (Far Walls), with enticing displays by Ives, Bing, Märklin, Dorfan, American Flyer from 1900 to the 1930s. In the foreground is an operating Hornby-Dublo 3-rail layout.

The Main Hall (Far Walls), with enticing displays by Ives, Bing, Märklin, Dorfan, American Flyer from 1900 to the 1930s. In the foreground is an operating Hornby-Dublo 3-rail layout.

The Train Room Side Wall, featuring mostly a variety of pre- and post WWII Gauges H0/00, post WWII Gauges H0e, N, Z and TT, and an eclectic mix of miscellaneous Gauge 0, both pre- and post-WWII

The Train Room Side Wall, featuring mostly a variety of pre- and post WWII Gauges H0/00, post WWII Gauges H0e, N, Z and TT, and an eclectic mix of miscellaneous Gauge 0, both pre- and post-WWII

The Side Hall, with an eclectic selection of pre- and post-WWII Gauges 0, 0n16.5 and TT

The Side Hall, with an eclectic selection of pre- and post-WWII Gauges 0, 0n16.5 and TT

Background

Many years ago, when I taught a "Basics of Model Railroading" class at a community college, I always took with me a "track board" (a framed piece of homasote 48" by 18") to demonstrate the various scales and gauges of the model railway hobby. On one side there was the range of popular gauges, and on the other a display of various track formations, mostly in H0 scale.

It was not until I was wondering what to do to decorate a long basement wall, that the flash idea occurred to me to expand on this nugget of model railway history to illustrate more makes, more time periods, and gauges that had not been represented before.

So that is how this museum came about. It is devoted to a representative display of toy train and model railway track as it has evolved and diversified from over 100 years ago. It may well be unique in its theme. It has been designed to include all gauges from Standard Gauge/Gauge 2 all the way through N to T. It includes all major manufacturers and a selection of secondary ones, and a cross-section of all types of trackwork and track formations produced over the years. 

To get you into the toy train mood, click here for "the Railway Steam Gallop" by Kaj Pindal, noted Canadian animator and animation educator.

Or for the Toccata for Toy Trains.

Gallery of Exhibits

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