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Union County hosts world-class HO scale layout


Elizabeth, NJ – If you are looking for a great holiday activity that fits your family budget, the answer is right here in Union County. A spectacular 1600 square foot model train layout is on display for the holiday season, complete with a light and sound show, at Union County’s Lenape Park in Union Township.

The HO scale layout is renowned for its dedication to realistic detail and life-like railroading functions. Owned and operated by a non-profit group, The Model Railroad Club, Inc., it is the largest display of its kind in North America.

“This is a delightful family show for the holidays,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman
Angel G. Estrada. “The Model Railroad Club is a wonderful place to visit any time of year, too.”

The layout is permanently housed in the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center on Jefferson Avenue, off Route 22 East in Union, behind the Home Depot.

Advance tickets for the holiday show are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 3 - 15 and $5.00 for seniors aged 60 and over. Tickets purchased at the door on show days are higher. Children ages 2 and younger are free. The building is wheelchair-accessible and parking is free.

To buy advance tickets, visit or come to the Mallery Center any Saturday,
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Show days and times:

Friday, November 28, noon - 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 29, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 30, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, December 5, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 7, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, December 12, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
Saturday, December 13, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 14, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

The HO display features a long-distance freight and passenger railroad, an interurban line with trolleys and commuter trains, and a short line representing the workhorse trains that chug through parts of Union County.

A double-decked N Scale layout is also on display along with the popular “Classic Streamliners
on Parade.”

For more information call (908) 964-9724 on Saturdays, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, or call
(908) 964-8808 for a recorded message.

Aside from holiday shows, the Mallery Center is open all year on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm.
A modest admission fee is charged at the door on non-show days.

The partnership between The Model Railroad Club and Union County dates back to 1974. The Club funded the design, construction, and expansion of the Mallery Center on County property. It also funds the operation and maintenance of the building.

For more information about all Union County recreation programs, visit or
call 908-527-4900.