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Train-Lovers Guide

Train-lovers, big and small, will enjoy all the opportunities in our area to see model trains in action or hop on an actual train — vintage, modern, mini, and more! We have a comprehensive list of our area’s museums, model displays, trackless trains, mini-replica trains, full-size trains, excursions, and more:

Dulles Town Center | Sterling, VA
Visit the Dulles Town Center train located on the 1st floor near Center Court. This colorful trackless train offers train rides around the mall for children and adults alike.
Updated Dec 2018

Tysons Corner Center | McLean, VA
Located on the 3rd-level near the food court and movie theater, the train at Tysons Corner Center offers train lovers of all ages a short trackless ride around the food court.
Updated Dec 2018

Historic Vienna Railroad Station | Vienna, VA
The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders (NVMR), a club of model railroading enthusiasts, is headquartered in the historic train depot in downtown Vienna, VA. The club is home to a permanent HO-scale model railroad layout and opens its doors throughout the year for special events and open houses.
Updated Dec 2018

Burke Lake Park | Fairfax Station, VA
The 1/3-scale replica CP Huntington takes you over 1.75-miles of track at speeds of 10- to 12-miles per hour through picturesque Burke Lake Park. This is a great place to spend the day, as the park also offers miniature golf, an ice cream parlor, multiple playgrounds, fishing, canoe rental, and much more!
Updated Dec 2018

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum | Fairfax Station, VA
Museum displays, activities, and events at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum help preserve local history and promote railroading. At this railroad museum, you are invited to explore Civil War history, railroading, and the fascinating story of our local community.
Updated Dec 2018

Cabin John Regional Park | Rockville, MD
Very similar to the train ride at Burke Lake Park, Cabin John’s mini train is a replica of the 1863 CP Huntington steam locomotive. The open-air train takes you for a fun ride through the wooded area of the park.
Updated Dec 2018

America on the Move at the National Museum of American History | Washington, DC
The Museum’s 26,000-square foot transportation hall features more than 300 objects and 19 historic setting that chronicle the coming of the railroad, the streetcar, and the automobile. The exhibition features a 1903 Winton, the first car driven across the United States, a Chicago Transit Authority “L” car, and a 199-ton, 92-foot long Southern Railway locomotive.
Updated Dec 2018

Resource Railroad Train at Clemyjontri Park | McLean, VA
Fun and exploration aren’t limited to Celmyjontri’s playground any longer, as children can take a ride and tour this fabulous 2-acre park as a passenger on Engine #62!
Updated Dec 2018

Smithsonian National Postal Museum | Washington, DC
The museum’s galleries explore America’s postal history and Philately (the study and collection of stamps) from colonial times to the present. For lovers of all things transportation, enjoy exhibits featuring planes, mail coaches, wagons, trains, and more, such as the Concord Mail Coach, Balloon Jupiter Flight, CSS Florida, de Havilland DH-4, the first air mail, and many others!
Updated Dec 2018

Brunswick Heritage Museum | Brunswick, MD
The Brunswick Heritage Museum can be seen as two museums in one. On one floor, the Museum’s exhibits tell the story of a town built by the B&O Railroad at the turn of the 20th century and the people who lived here. On another floor, you can see a 1,700-square-foot HO-Scale model railroad which depicts the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s rail yard and running eastward all the way to Union Station in Washington, DC.
Updated Dec 2018

Wheaton Regional ParkWheaton, MD
The miniature train at Wheaton Regional Park takes guests for a 12-minute tour of the park’s forests and meadows, over a trestle bridge, and past Pine Lake!
Updated Dec 2018

National Capital Trolley Museum | Colesville, MD
The National Capital Trolley Museum not only provides a chance to learn about historic streetcars in Washington, DC but also an opportunity to take a trolley ride in one of eleven original cars! The museum has a wide collection of street cars including originals from Washington, DC, American Streetcars, and International Streetcars. So similar to trains, click here to view some frequently asked questions about streetcars and streetcar service, including questions like What is the difference between a streetcar and a trolley?, How is a streetcar different from a city bus?, and Why don’t streetcars have steering wheels?
Updated Dec 2018

B&O Railroad Museum | Baltimore, MD
See, touch, hear, and explore the oldest and most historic American Railroad collection at the Baltimore campus of the B&O (Baltimore & Ohio) Railroad Museum. Known as the birthplace of the American railroad, the museum features both full-size locomotives and model replicas. Visitors can explore inside locomotives and train cars, view historic railroad artifacts, and even enjoy a 20-minute, round-trip train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America!
Updated Dec 2018

Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Situated in the scenic Watkins Regional Park, your train aficionado will delight in taking a ride on this silver and black C.P. Huntington replica miniature locomotive. Proudly boasting Number 342, this train will take you on a journey through the woods, getting you up close and personal with the trees, wildlife, and even sightings of Old Maryland Farm. Consider hosting a birthday party for your little train-spotter at Watkins Regional Park and enjoy the antique carousel and miniature golf, as well. Only open during the spring and summer, be sure not to miss out on this miniature marvel!

Walkersville Southern Railroad
34 West Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD 21793

Travel over a track that the Pennsylvania Railroad originally built in 1872 on Walkersville Southern Railroad’s vintage 1920’s passenger cars or on an open flatcar! In weekends from May until October, they offer leisurely, scenic excursions, as well as special Steam Train rides on a real 80-year old, coal-fired steam locomotive! Click here to learn more about their specialty holiday trains including the Bunny Train, Ghost Train, Santa Trains, and more. They also offer mid-week activities like Teddy Bear Picnic and visits from Jesse James and his gang, and Civil War reenactors. And don’t miss their Opening Day Parade of Engines!

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Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.

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