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Train Club

Home of the "Northern Trackers"

Northern Minnesota's Largest Model Train Display

           ALL  ABOARD!!

NMRHA Back on Track



The Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association (NMRHA), commonly referred to as the Crosslake Train Club, moved to a new location in 2018, but just days after the move, the building housing the club had a fire. Nearly all of its exhibits and inventory were lost.


Not to be dissuaded, this dedicated group immediately started fundraising, and with the help of grants and generous community members a new building went up, and the group got to work with ambitious plans for continuing to preserve the rich history of Northern Minnesota Railroads.


There are O Scale, HO Scale and G Scale layouts and running trains on display.  We started building an N Scale layout in October 2023.  Come see the process and the progress! There is also a small layout that children can operate.

A 1/10 scale replica of the Wm Crooks steam engine sits outdoors in the train club yard.  NOTE- the Wm Crooks needs repairs - so we're taking the engine to the repair shop in March 2024.  Also, the rest of the train needs work as well, so we have wrapped it in orange fencing to block access - to be sure no one gets injured! Please stay off until it is restored!!!


Do you want to learn how to build a model train?   You can watch/help club members work on building the exhibits. 

           The museum is open to the public.

   Open Hours:

Saturdays Year-round:  10 am - 2 pm

                       and also 

         on Wednesdays:  3 pm - 6pm

    in the Summertime (June-Labor Day)

  Group tours available by appointment 218.692.1900

A donation of *$5 per person over 5 years              old is suggested and appreciated.



  Do you have model train scenery, track, 

engines and/or rolling stock you'd like to donate? 

      Call us at 218-692-1900

(please leave a message), 

or call 651-253-0004,

  or email us at

    *Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue

      to  maintain and build this exciting display and offer

      an educational experience for all to enjoy.

The mission of the Northern MN Railroad Heritage Association
is to promote railroading history and to educate people through model railroad exhibits.

“Driving the train doesn't set its course,

         the real job is laying the track.”

Ed Catmull


Support the Crosslake Train Club

Please consider a tax deductible donation to the Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association that will help us continue to maintain and build this exciting display and offer an educational experience for all to enjoy.


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