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Trainland U.S.A

3135 Highway 117North
515-674-3813

About Us:

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.



Reviews

Kevin Macken

Rating:
Saturday, June 16, 2018
A must see. Loved it. Staff very nice and informative. 8.00 admission fee to muesium but free to visit the old Pullman car where you can buy pretty much anything train related. Worth the stop

Steven Sievert

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Go in the basement of the house on the right. Great detail for the display. They are open even on holidays. The train car has used trains for sale. Enter it using the ramp on the right.

Robert Swenson

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Monday, June 11, 2018
This is such a fun place to take children and adults who love model trains. For the adult there is a wonderful train depot with guided tour that is from the civil war era, some of the collector lionel trains on display are extremely rare. Especially the lionel paper trains made during the war.

Christina Habib

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Very cute place for a quick stop, but several buttons were not working.

DÏCK M

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
A extremely impressive collection of running trains and various sceneries, run by super pleasant, informative, and friendly people

Trainland U.S.A is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media