Chugga chugga choo choo! Join aboard for all the train railroad-related events on Long Island throughout the month of November. This month has been designated as National Model Railroad Month where the hobby of making model railroads is promoted for all ages to enjoy. There are model train shows, holiday train display events, train swap meets and visits you can make to the local train and railroad museums right here on Long Island!
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Model Train Show at First Church Baldwin, United Methodist
881 Merrick Road, Baldwin
Cost: $7 Train Show, $15 (Advance) or $20 (At the Door) for Dinner
Come enjoy the model train show, the event also features how-to-do clinics, operating modular layouts, model and photo contest, a bargain table for used model railroad equipment, door prizes, raffle and an Italian buffet dinner with a featured speaker.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Open House at LI Model Railroad Engineers
3661 Horseblock Road, Unit P, Medford
Cost: Free Event
Come see a large-scale model train layout in operation on over 2,000 square feet. There are two prototype model railroad layouts, both the HO and N scale.
Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5th Annual Model Train Show at the Bethpage Senior Community Center
103 Grumman Road, Bethpage
Cost: Suggested Donation of $5 For Adults, $3 For Children 4-11 Years of Age
This model train show is hosted by Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Trainville Hobby Depot. Come see exhibitors and train clubs like Trainville Hobby Depot, Long Island HOTtrack, Long Island Traction O Gauge Trolleys, TMB Model Railroad Club, MTA LIRR Police and more. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
All Gauges Train Swap Meet at Island Bingo Hall
1055 Portion Road, Farmingville
Cost: $5, Free for Children 12 and Under
Come by and join in for this all gauges train swap meet on model trains and accessories!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Long Island Model Railroad Engineers’ Holiday Train Display at the Annual Miracle on Main Street in Sayville
Main Street, Sayville
Cost: Free Event
Come out to enjoy the holiday train display from LIMRRE while attending this annual event complete with Christmas tree lighting, a gingerbread competition, carolers, food and more.
Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
TMB Model Train Club’s First Open House
120 Schmitt Blvd., East Farmingdale
TMB Model Train Club is having its first open house to showcase its latest update to the main railroad layout. Before summer, it had two branch lines operating on its main layout. Now two main lines and a subway line are complete and ready for showing.
Also, don’t forget that Long Island is home to several train and railroad museums where you can see and learn more about the history of railroads and have fun playing with railway sets.
Oyster Bay Railroad Museum
102 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay
This museum offers a growing collection of artifacts in addition to the display of a model electric train and a wooden railway set for play.
Railroad Museum of Long Island
416 Griffing Avenue at the Tracks, Riverhead
This museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and interpretation of the history and artifacts of railroads particular to Long Island. The museum also has a location in Greenport, which is currently closed for the season.
1700 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh
This museum is made up of three structures, two of which are part of Long Island’s railroad history. Come visit Wantagh’s Victorian Railroad Station and the “Jamaica” Railroad Car.
Photo by Oskar Henriksson, via Free Images.