In 1964, Red Atwood became interested in collecting Lionel O gauge trains. As the years passed and the trains began to accumulate, Red starting dreaming of building one of the world's largest model railroads. In 1976 a new home was especially built to accommodate his dream. Five years later, his dream came true.
Trainland U.S.A. is an operating toy train museum, displaying Lionel trains and accessories. It is so named because it depicts the development of the railroad across the United States. This exhibit represents three eras of time; frontier, steam, and diesel. The display area is the size of two average ranch style homes. The center section is the frontier and steam era, while the outside is diesel which runs from coast to coast. All scenery is handpainted and the entire layout is glass enclosed. Four control panels create an automated train control system with their own telephone communications. There are approx. 60 operating Lionel accessories still in their original state. To learn more, click on our Points of Interest which lists some of the highlights you can expect to see while visiting Trainland U.S.A.
Several of Red's friends and neighbors along with hundreds of hours of labor were involved in completing this project. Trainland U.S.A. also features original railroad memorabilia and old toy trains dating from 1916 to 1976.
We went last summer. I was in awe at the work a d realistic work that went into this place. Walking through the different states by looking through the glass windows was like being there. Amazing place.
This is an awesome place to see beautiful and very detailed train setups. Also they have some trains for sale, and a cool civil war-era depot. Red and Judy are very enthusiastic and accommodating. Highly recommend this place for train lovers of all ages!
Great diamond in the rough. Excellent displays. Well done and interactive. Extremely nice folks in each building. Lots to see and buy. No pressure from any of the staff to purchase anything, which I was sort of worried about before going in. Absolutely must stop if a collector. Spent a little less than 2 hours there.
Dave Den Adel
Choo-choo ?? Kinda neat. Kinda pricey. Great for little kids. Your teens wont be amused. Nothing is to scale or even remotely realistic. Just a hodge podge of toys placed around trains. Friendly staff. 🚂🚂🚄🚅🚉
So much to see. A labor of love for sure. Close to Des Moines and very inexpensive. Very friendly and helpful folks.