As you drive along US Route 202 near Flemington in western New Jersey you will come upon a building alongside the road that at first glance appears to possibly be vacant. Set behind a small parking lot, and on this summer day somewhat overgrown by weeds is a 50,000 square foot gray building.
When you stop and walk inside you see a small snack bar and gift shop, and the appearances of something past it’s prime. However as you pay your entry fee and head in you are in for an amazing experience.
For it is here in Flemington, New Jersey that you find what is one of the world’s largest model train display.
What started as a hobby in the basement of Bruce Zaccagnino in the early 1970s eventually developed into something much larger.
Bruce was a musician and computer game designer but whose passion was model railroading.
The display has over 400 bridges …
Eight miles of track ….
They also have some static displays including this train wreck – note the passangers hanging onto the side of the car.
Some of the displays appear to be 15′ high.
The rail yard.
Another of the 400 bridges across a deep ravine.
The detail is great – this is a tower in the amusement park.
Another massive bridge with a monastery on top of the mountain.
More ravines and bridges.
There were a few trains running but with the size it became a game to listen for the trains to come across the features.
A model of the famed Firth of Forth bridge in Scotland.
Another view of the same bridge from below.
Putt putt course from hell.
The Golden Spike location in Utah.
The control room. Northlandz is an amazing place to see – don’t let the slightly worn look of the outside and lobby deter you – it is well worth the visit.