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Railroads on Parade

7903 State Route 9, Pottersville, NY
518-623-0100
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Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Thrill to RAILROADS ON PARADE, the Model Railroad Extravaganza. Five magical miniature worlds of model trains provide a first class journey for... more » Owner description: Thrill to RAILROADS ON PARADE, the Model Railroad Extravaganza. Five magical miniature worlds of model trains provide a first class journey for dreamers of all ages. Seen by over seven million people nationwide and now seen together for the first time, this 5,000 square foot indoor attraction includes the famous four season display THE STATION (seen for over twenty years in New York City), the breathtaking 110 foot long HELLGATE BRIDGE exhibit from Williamsburg, Virginia, NYC SUBWAYS, the 1939 WORLD’S FAIR and, new for 2012, the PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND exhibit. Over Fifty trains and trolleys plus animations, neon signs, computerized day-night lighting combined with amazing scenery and backdrops round out your unforgettable experience. Family and Senior friendly, this indoor one-level, ADA compliant attraction is a "must-see" for everyone. « less
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Hudson valley
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I have been to Railroads on Parade several times, as my husband is a model train buff. Every time we go, there is something new to see - the attention to detail, all the figures, the way the landscape changes from day to night. Wonderful to see. I hope everyone who created these amazing sets and who work so hard... More

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West Edmeston, NY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This a fantastic model railroad layout. It features O scale, S scale and HO scale trains and accessories. It is beautifully constructed layout. It features lots of visual attractions in the form or lighted and animated signs. The lighting goes from day to night every couple of minutes and the structure lighting that occurs at night is fantastic. If you... More

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RailroadsOnParade, Owner at Railroads on Parade, responded to this review

Thanks, Ken, As I've said before everybody here works hard and loves see the great reviews we get. It's a team effort. I may be the guy who all created the exhibits here, but it's the rest of the team that makes the experience you have at Railroads On Parade mean something special. Thanks, Clarke Dunham Owner and Designer Railroads... More

Middle Village, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Thought this would be a great thing to do on a rainy Sunday in Lake George. Their web site said they opened at 10 but when we arrived at 11, they were still closed with a sign that said noon. We went to Stone Caves and came back. It's good for about an hour. Train set designed by a display... More

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RailroadsOnParade, Owner at Railroads on Parade, responded to this review

I'm always upset to find people disappointed by what they see at Railroads On Parade because so many people think it's a five star exhibit and we've worked hard to keep it so. I'm not sure what "Pizazz"' is. In the eye of the beholder, I guess. But I had been told about a group that had arrived an hour... More

Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was a 25 minute drive from downtown Lake George but my children loved it. This would be a great day trip to coordinate with the natural caves in Pottersville as they are less than 5 miles apart. While only one room, there were six very elaborate train displays. Each one had a day/night view that changed every 3 minutes.... More

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Orlando, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I really enjoyed this unexpected gem. The layouts are incredibly detailed and the attraction employees are friendly and informative. The lighting in the hall and in the exhibits change every 7 minutes to simulate goeing from day to night. The hall is spotless and well maintained. If you are in the area, RoP is definitely worth a stop.

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This exhibit is truly a hidden gem in the town of Pottersville, NY about 25 minutes north of Lake George. The exhibit which was formerly the Christmas display at Citigroup HQ in NY is a first class train exhibit (having been designed by a noted Broadway set designer). The exhibit features several scales of trains from O to Z, and... More

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RailroadsOnParade, Owner at Railroads on Parade, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the nice words. We try hard to keep everything looking beautiful and "shipshape" here. It's especially rewarding to hear from all the people who made that extra effort to make the beautiful drive from Lake George to pay us a visit. It really is only a few minute drive to see both Railroads On Parade and... More

Ottawa, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were really impressed with this amazing exhibition. In order to really appreciate it, you need to take the time to look at it closely, a bit at a time, so as not to miss any of the amazing details. The exhibition is “alive:” the trains are running, the lights go on and off, the neon signs are flashing, the... More

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Sunbury, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Highly recommend. My husband has been a train buff all his life and we loved the layouts. The staff was incredible. Plan on spending hours there. Each time around you see more and more incredible scenes.

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RailroadsOnParade, Owner at Railroads on Parade, responded to this review

It's reviews like this that make our long days worth it at Railroads On Parade. The staff is here hours before opening getting everything ready to go. They really appreciate it when it's pointed out in a Trip Advisor review how hard they try. But that's why we're all here. Without you, there wouldn't be a Railroads On Parade. More

Lake George, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I never expected to find such an elaborate FIRST RATE exhibit in this tiny town in the Adirondacks. The exquisite detail and magnitude of this exhibit gave us a lot of bang for the buck. The hostess was so gracious and really enjoyed sharing some of the finer details with us. Although I don't know much about trains, I really... More

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Lake George, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Wow! My family were ALL so impressed and interested in this spectacular display. Our little group covered an age range from 4 to 68 and covered 3 generations. My 8 year old grandson was SO mesmerized with the scavenger hunt, that he would not give up until he found EVERYTHING on the 3 pages. The displays were interesting and chock... More

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RailroadsOnParade, Owner at Railroads on Parade, responded to this review

"WOW" is one of our favorite expressions here, and if you stand near the entryway to these spectacular exhibits, that's the word you will most often hear, along with "awesome" , "geez!", "amazing" and many more breathless reactions like that. It's why the staff comes to work every day hours before opening so that everything will be "spectacular" for the... More

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