Union County’s Lenape Park is home to the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center, which showcases a spectacular, meticulously detailed HO-scale layout with a viewing gallery, along with an elaborate N-scale layout, a workshop complex and many displays of railroading paraphernalia.
The Railroad Center was created by the members of The Model Railroad Club, a non-profit organization.
Members of the public are welcome to visit the Railroad Center every Saturday between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to see the trains in action, get to know the Club members and find out about becoming a member.
The Model Railroad Club also hosts special events at the Railroad Center. For complete details, directions and contact information visit themodelrailroadclub.org.
The Railroad Center is located on a service road in Union County’s Lenape Park, behind the Home Depot on Route 22 East at Springfield Road.
To reach the service road, use any entrance to the Home Depot/Walmart parking lot from Springfield Avenue or Route 22 East. Go to the western-most end of the Home Depot and continue behind the garden center, where the service road begins. The Railroad Center is just past the Union Township animal control facility.
About the Model Railroad Club:
The Model Railroad Club, Inc. was founded in 1949 by author and Master Model Railroader Paul Mallery. Today it is one of the largest model railroad clubs in North America.
The 11,000 square-foot Railroad Center facility was designed, financed and built by the members of the Club and donated to Union County as an activity under the Department of Parks and Recreation. By arrangement with the County, the Club occupies the building in order to create and operate model railroads and related displays as a public education service.
The Model Railroad Club, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is a registered charity in the State of New Jersey.