The model-train hobby combines the joy of collecting with design talent and electrical engineering skills. For hobbyists—and those who simply enjoy watching a beautifully detailed locomotive pull a line of boxcars, coal dumpers and tankers around a meticulously landscaped layout—the holiday season brings a busy schedule of train shows, rides and sales. Here’s a train-show timetable for the coming months in New Jersey.
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Christmas Express with Santa Claus!
Thru December 22
Allaire State Park, Wall Township
A holiday tradition for more than 35 years. Santa rides the Christmas Express and talks to every child on the train. Call ahead to check availability; these events sell out.
Daytime rides: December 21–22; 11 am–4 pm. Fare: $6.
Nighttime rides: December 21; 6–8:30 pm. Fare: $6.
17th Annual Antique Toy Train Show
Thru February 2
Museum of American History
138 Andaloro Way, Deptford
Thursday–Sunday; 10 am–3 pm. Admission: $4; children, $3.
62nd Annual Model Railway Show
Thru January 5
Garden State Model Railway Club
575 High Mountain Road, North Haledon
Walk-around HO layout, plus Thomas train and refreshments.
Saturdays and Sundays only; 1–5 pm. Admission: $6; under 12, free with adult.
29th Annual Model Train Exhibit
Barron Arts Center
582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge
Weekdays, 11 am–4 pm; weekends, 2–4 pm. Closed Christmas day. Free.
Holiday Spectacular & Christmas Train Display
InfoAge Science Center
2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township
Hands-on layouts, Santa and snacks.
Noon–5 pm. Admission: $7; kids, $3.
Brick Train Show
Brick Elks Lodge 2151
2491 Hooper Avenue, Brick
Dealers, operating layouts, repairs and refreshments.
9 am–2 pm.
Admission: $6; under 10, free.
Additional date: March 29.Click here to leave a comment