Train Land International
8990 International Drive, Orlando 32819
Admission: Adults $8, children (3 to 12) $6, seniors (50+) $6
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Just south of Pointe*Orlando shopping mall
If you think your old HO-gauge model train set was pretty nifty, you may want to do a reality check at Train Land. This combination train store/museum boasts one of the largest G-gauge layouts in the world — and G-gauge is four times bigger than HO. The layout occupies 4,800 square feet of space in its own room and required more than 3,000 feet of track and some 4,700 man-hours to complete. The result is impressive, rising high overhead and twisting and turning through mountain passes, quaint small towns, industrial zones, and idyllic farm valleys. There’s even a spur line to Santa-Land. The elaborate landscape is microscopically imagined with a wealth of telling details. The rivers have fish in them and the mountaintops are home to Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman.
Train Land International is a labor of love, as you will quickly discover if you fall into conversation with one of the managers on duty. They take great pride in their creation and obvious joy in sharing its wonders with visitors. Model train devotees will find them a virtually inexhaustible font of modeling tips and train lore.
Nearby: Ripley’s Believe It or Not, SeaWorld, Titanic, WonderWorks.
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