Home of the "Northern Trackers"
Northern Minnesota's Largest Model Train Display
We're 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. Children love to climb in and pretend they are the engineer. It's a great photo opportunity. NOTE- the Wm Crooks needs repairs - so it may be at the repair shop most of this winter of 2023-24,
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.
Saturdays Year-round: 10 am - 2 pm
on Wednesdays: 3 pm - 6pm
in Summertime (June-Labor Day)
Group tours available by appointment 218.692.1900
We will be closed Nov. 11, 2023
for our members to attend a Train Show.
A donation of *$5 per person over 5 years old is suggested and appreciated.
OUR TRAINS RUN ON DONATIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
*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.”