Mega Model Train Gallery
Train enthusiasts of all ages can experience the romance of the rails in the Morris Museum’s Mega Model Train Gallery. Visitors will be introduced to a state-of-the-art model train exhibition in which trains meander across a 288-square-foot landscape replicating a bustling city, small towns, and pastoral scenes, equipped with a waterfall, planetarium, and even a sasquatch! The trains will be of interest for all ages, from fans of the Thomas the Tank engine to commuters and a scale version of the Amtrak Acela passenger train.
Please note that this gallery will be closed to the public from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, August 1 for a special mural installation. It will reopen to the public on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
See the train exhibit on WMBC – TV.
This exhibit features 500 feet of O-gauge track surrounded by an eclectic array of buildings, figurines, cars, trees, and other interesting minutia. Along the sides of the display are 48 buttons, each activating a unique light or a moving device, allowing guests to interact with the exhibit. Almost like a real-life Where’s Waldo book, half the fun of Mega Model Trains is admiring the incredibly detailed scenes dispersed throughout. Can you find the family of bears? Can you find the mischievous skeletons?
The train set is maintained thanks to the efforts of museum volunteers Ira Ginsburg and Bob DeGuarde, with the help of John Le Otten and Andrew Frish. It is an ever-changing work of art. With all the materials, time, and energy devoted to the display, preserving the trains and scenery has really been a labor of love.
Originally, this train set was viewable at the Nabisco Headquarters in East Hanover, NJ. The display was constructed, maintained, and expanded by Nabisco employees until 2000, when the company was purchased by Kraft Foods. In 2012, the Kraft Corporation’s East Hanover office became Mondelez International. Rather than continue maintaining the trains, Mondelez donated the display to the Morris Museum, where it was opened to the public in December 2012.