We've had several readers ask recently ask where the best holiday train displays are in the region. As a mom of boys myself, I'm no stranger to train displays. Pittsburgh is home to several impressive train displays, and the holidays are a great time to go visit them. Here's a list of the best displays around the region.
PPG Wintergarden Trains and Gingerbread Display
Two PPG Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Monday – Thursday 7:30AM – 8:00PM
Friday 7:30AM – 10:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM – 10:00PM
Sunday 9:00AM – 8:00PM
It’s “Home SWEET Home” once again at PPG Place this holiday season! Don’t miss this magnificent display of delicious dwellings created by area students, chefs, organizations, and individuals. The houses are surrounded by a display of model trains created by local artist Don Jones.
Western Pennsylvania Railroad Museum
5509 Lakeside Dr, Gibsonia, PA 15044
Recommend donation is $6 for adults and $4 for children
Fridays 6-9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 11 am-5 pm
The WPRM, which is located off of Route 910 in the North Hills was founded in 1938, which makes it one of the oldest model railroad organizations in the country. Each year they set up a holiday train display and on Friday nights, they offer a special "Steam at Twilight" session.
Carnegie Science Center Miniature Railroad Village
One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Sunday-Friday 10 am-5 pm
Saturday 10 am-7 pm
Admission to Science Center $18.95 adults, $11.95 children
Take a walking tour of western Pennsylvania at the world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village open for its 90th season! This beloved exhibit's story began in 1920 with a man named Charles Bowdish of Brookville, Pa. features hundreds of wonderfully realistic animated scenes that illustrate how people lived, worked, and played in our region during an era spanning the 1880s to the late 1930s. A replica of the historic Manchester-Farms is the latest gem added to this extraordinary display.
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
Admission Adults $9, Kids $5.75
Sunday-Thursday 11am-8pm Friday & Saturday 11am - 9 pm
Mountainous topography, numerous detailed structures and careful attention to scenery, typical of 20th century Appalachia, give the visitor a real sense of nostalgia. The layout also features a working river with two steamboats, a scale model blast furnace, a steel arch bridge, a wooden trestle bridge, a logging operation complete with saw mill, a coal mine, an amusement park, a working drive-in theater (seasonal) and a handcrafted "Pennsy" caboose that serves as the operator's console.
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
1 Museum Road
Washington PA 15301
November 28-30, December 6-7, 13-14
Adults $10 Children $7
Trolleys and Toy Train Fridays - December 5 & 12. See our huge Lionel toy train layout and enjoy all day trolly rides. Trolley's depart every hour. And celebrate the season with Santa Claus on the Trolley! See the Lionel toy train display and decorated street cars. Enjoy caroling on the trolley and a holiday craft in the Events room, where you can enjoy our newest addition, Steel City LUG’s Lego® train display. Purchase tickets in advance to ride the Santa Trolley (advance purchase strongly recommended) and stop in to ride the Yuletide Shuttle.
Mid Mon Valley Model Railroad Club Holiday Open House
159 Main Street
New Eagle, PA 15067
Saturday & Sundays 12-5 pm
Annual Holiday Open House is an opportunity for the public to view the club layout. It is opened on weekends from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through the first weekend after the New Year. The doors are open from 12:00 p.m. (noon) until 5:00 p.m. At the Open House we run 3 or 4 trains simultaneously over the entire layout and we change out the trains as running conditions and desire dictate. In 2014, our Open House event will run from November 29, 2014 through January 4, 2015.
McKeesport Model Railroad Club Open House
Our Club models the fictitious ‘Mon Yough Valley Railroad’ (MYV). This ‘model railroad’ name was copyrighted when the Club was chartered in 1950.
Layout tour minimum donation for December 5, 2014 Through January 3, 2015
Age 18 & Over: $4.00 Ages 5 – 17: $2.00 Under Age 5: FREE
BSA & GSA Members (In Troop Uniform), and Active US Military (with Proper ID) are admitted FREE of charge.
Fridays 7-10 pm Saturdays 1-8 pm Sundays 1-6 pm (most days. Check website for exact hours)
Santa visiting Saturday Dec 20 (5-8 pm) and Sunday Dec 21 (5-8 pm)