A favorite family vacation tradition returns to Union County this year, as the Model Railroad Club opens the doors of the spectacular A. Paul Mallory Railroad Center to visitors of all ages Friday, November 25 through Sunday, December 11.
Visitors to the Holiday Train Show and Open House can observe the special trains up close as they pass through the club’s massive 11,000 square foot layout. Included are famous trains of the past such as Santa Fe’s famous Super Chief and the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Broadway Limited, as well as AMTRAK’s Acela Express and many more.
“The Model Railroad Club has provided a generation of Union County residents and visitors with a unique window into the art, craft, history and technology of model railroading, and the Board of Commissioners is very proud to support their work. We are all looking forward to the Holiday Train Show,” said Commissioner Rebecca L. Williams.
“The club is very pleased to once again present our holiday train show for our fans this year. We hope our trains can put a smile on the face of the little kid in all of us this holiday season,” said Model Railroad Club President Tim McCollum.
Visitors of all ages can view the sprawling HO scale layout at the Railroad Center from several different levels, including an eye-level view, a bird’s-eye view from a gallery, and access points “peek-a-boo” in the layout itself.
A massive new extension to the layout is also on display, allowing visitors to see how the tracks are laid by hand and how the mountains and landscapes are created. Railroad Club members will also explain the planning and engineering behind the unique two-tier corkscrew loop.
The displays are complemented by detailed G-Scale and N-Scale layouts as well as other railroad memorabilia.
There’s also a small playground and railroad-themed gift shop at the Railroad Center.
Three weekends: 25 November-27 November, 3 December-4 December and 10-11 December
Opening day, Fri. Nov. 25 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays (November 26, December 3 and 10), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays (November 27, December 4 and 11), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The A. Paul Mallory Railroad Center
Jefferson Avenue, off Route 22 East, Union Township (behind The Home Depot)
The building is wheelchair accessible.
Parking is free
Ticket Sales and Railroad Club Information:
Buy your tickets online: www.themodelrailroadclub.org
Buy your tickets at the door: Saturdays 1-4 p.m. ONLY at the Model Railroad Club
In advance: $9/adult, $4/child (3-11), $7/senior (60+)
At the door: $10/adult, $5/child, $8/senior
More information: (908) 964-9724
Children 2 and under are admitted free.
Groups of 10 or more can call (908) 964-9724 for discount information.
All visitors must adhere to posted COVID-19 guidelines.
The A. Paul Mallory Railroad Center is located in a mixed-use corner of Union County Lenape Park in Union Township, through an agreement with the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. Members of the Model Railroad Club raised funds to build the facility, and they continue to operate and maintain it.
The Model Railroad Club, Inc. is a tax-exempt public charity and one of the largest railroad clubs in New Jersey. The club has approximately 170 volunteer members who help fulfill the club’s mission of educating the general public about the railroads and the industries they serve in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas.
All proceeds from the Holiday Train Show support the operations of the Model Railroad Club, Inc.
For more information on all Union County Department of Parks and Recreation programs and activities, visit ucnj.org/parks.
All photos courtesy of Model Railroad Club, Inc.
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