The St. Paul Craftsman Club started the construction of an O-gauge model railroad in 1934. This was the birth of what is now known as the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. It is a world wide known museum that is visited by hundreds of individuals each year.
Through the years, the museum has changed names and locations. It is now housed in Bandana Square. In the museum you will view replicas of the railroad system in the Twin Cities from the 1930s to the 1950s.
There are lots of exhibits to explore, and a load of events to partake in. Here are some of the things you will see when visiting the Twin City Model Railroad Museum.
This model is a replica of the 1891-1954 Twin City Rapid Transit Company’s streetcar. The power of the streetcar system was generated by the Mississippi River’s hydroelectric dams. The model will take you through St. Anthony Falls Milling Ditrict, visit the 1874 Wasburn A Mill, 1880 Milwaukee Short Line Bridge, the 1883 James J. Hill Stone Arch Bridge, and so much more.
Toy Train Division
It doesn’t matter what your specific interest is, you will want to visit the Twin City Model Railroad Museum’s Toy Train Division. Here you will view a variety of models, which include American Flyer, Lionel, K-Line, MTH and a variety of other replica railroad offerings.
There is also a gift shop located here that offers a variety of collectible railroad books and magazines. Repairs to trains are made by Peter Southard, who operates the shop.
Offered every Saturday night starting in November and running through Febuary, all the lights are dimmed and the fun begins. The model town lights up, and so do the trains. Trains zoom through the towns and it quiet a display to see.