• Miniature Railroad & Village
  • Miniatures waiting for the train Miniature Railroad and Village
  • Night street scene Miniature Railroad and Village
  • Miniature people on street Miniature Railroad and Village
  • Crawford Grill Miniature Railroad and Village
  • Closed all day Dec. 4, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1.

Miniature Railroad & Village®

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Overview

Take a walking tour of western Pennsylvania at the world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village®.

This beloved exhibit's story began in 1919 with a man named Charles Bowdish of Brookville, Pa. Originally a holiday display on the second floor of his house, it moved to the Buhl Planetarium in 1954, and ultimately found its final home at Carnegie Science Center in 1992.

The Miniature Railroad & Village® features hundreds of wonderfully realistic animated scenes that illustrate how people lived, worked, and played in our region during an era spanning the 1880s to the late 1930s.

The latest addition to the Miniature Railroad & Village® is a model of the Westinghouse Atom Smasher, a symbol of Pittsburgh's industrial innovation.

The atom smasher, created in 1937 in Forest Hills, just east of Pittsburgh, was a pioneering laboratory for one of the world's first large-scale nuclear physics research programs. Research performed there was an important step in the process of generating nuclear power.

To fashion the iconic silver light bulb-shaped structure of the new Atom Smasher model, Science Center staff employed 3D printing technology, drawing inspiration from photographs, archival records, and community member memories. This is the first model in the Railroad to be primarily constructed using a 3D printer.

More favorites include Crawford Grill, Fallingwater, Forbes Field, Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler's Knob, Luna Park, Sharon Steel Mill, Manchester Farms, and a historic Pittsburgh incline, to name a few.

The Railroad will be closed for maintenance beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2017. It will re-open on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

By the Numbers

The Miniature Railroad & Village® features:

  • 105 animations
  • 250,000+trees
  • 14 aircraft
  • 85 automobiles
  • 1 Incline (Monongahela Incline)
  • 60 trucks
  • 22 horse-drawn vehicles
  • 23,000 fans in Forbes Field


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