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“Trains buffs and modelers will get a kick out of this.”

Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit
Ranked #11 of 32 things to do in Allentown
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Owner description: The Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit has over 40 model trains rolling down 18,000 feet of track; more than 1,000 miniature structures, some handmade from scratch; 30,000 lights illuminating the stars, sky, moon, and buildings; and a real thunderstorm!
Reviewed May 13, 2018

A bit out of the way but worth the trip. If you're visiting the Mack truck museum this is about 4 blocks away and worth the detour.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed February 15, 2018

We were looking for something to do and saw an ad for this place. Glad we did as it was a wonderful experience. Don't have to be a train nut, but there is a kid in all of us. This is on a second floor (elevator available) this large building of antique and collector's stores. So there are many other things to do here. There is a small place to eat. They take cash only, it only runs for 30 min and a 30 min wait between shows. Everything here is working, unlike the place in Flemington, NJ. Bring your cameras as there are hundreds of detailed structures. There are small stools for the little ones to see over the glass. This place is rather large, you go between the center and wall display. Everything is working, the lights dim (camera phones beware if they are not low light) and you get thunder and rain too ! It runs year round but not every day. It is closed over the summer.. just a warning. There are no tours and no audio to go along with the show. There are tons of moving rides, cars as the trains go by. Staffed by volunteers and no reservations so not sure what happens if someone calls in sick or there is a huge crowd.

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank Michael B
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Reviewed January 24, 2018

We found out about this train and planned a trip for after Christmas because it is open all year long. It was $18, after the $1 coupon we found online, for 2 adults and a child. It was well worth it! The tickets are good for all shows on the day of your purchase. The shows are only 30 minutes long but include a thunderstorm, complete with actual rain and a rainbow at the end.
Unlike the train garden in NJ (see my previous review) there was no rush, we took our time and actually came back for 2 more shows so we could see everything. Some of our favorites were Cinderella's castle, the amusement park and the ski mountain. The attention to detail was amazing!
The owner was walking around asking everyone how they were enjoying the show and he was very friendly. Well worth the price of admission, we will be going back.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Annie T
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Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

We paid $8.00 per adult for the 2:30 pm show the Saturday before Christmas. The sign posted that the next show would begin at 3:30 pm. With 18,000 feet of track to view, we took our time. The thunderstorm begins 15 minutes after you are permitted to enter. We were SURPRISED when SHAZAM! All of the trains and lights were manually turned off at 3:00 pm. Without warning, we were told the show was over and that if we wanted to see the rest of it, to return at 3:30 pm. Many people were only half way or three-quarters of the way through the exhibit. It is odd that the visitor is not informed of this information. So, here is the breakdown. You pay $8.00 per adult for a timed show of 30 minutes.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank PaleoGypsy
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Reviewed November 22, 2017

Ii had a buddy visit who is a big train buff and collector and rehabber. WE really had fun in the exhibit and the store nearby has lots of great stuff, parts and cars. My buddy found accessories he could use and two bodies for his collection. I love the rainfal exhibit and the old timer who runs the place is a real railroad expert. No matter how often I go I always enjoy it and so do my guests

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank 847ericz
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