Friday, August 20, 2010

Twin City Model Railroad Museum: A Must-See In Minneapolis-St. Paul

Overall view of the layout, looking towards St. Paul.

When you think of great layouts that are open to the public, you think of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum near Pittsburgh, the Great Train Story at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Add to that list the Twin City Model Railroad Museum in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The scratchbuilt Great Northern station.

The museum, which is located in Bandana Square, a former Northern Pacific repair facility, boasts a fine (and large) O scale layout that showcases the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in the 1940s and 50s.

View of the Mississippi River side of the layout.

I had a chance to visit the museum in August, during a trip to Minneapolis. With four 220 foot-long mainlines, two smaller loops and a working trolley system, it's very impressive!

The car barn for the streetcar line.

If you're thinking of going to Minneapolis, make sure to include a visit to the Twin City Model Railroad Musueum in your itinerary. It's a must-see!

You can visit the museum's website at

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen this since they started the trolley expansion, looks like it is time to head back.