Roberson to Celebrate Grand Opening of Expanded Model Train Layout

Roberson Museum and Science Center will hold the Official Grand Opening Reception for its new Expanded Model Train Layout Saturday, March 31 from 1-4pm.    

The event celebrates a major project that has tripled the size of Roberson’s Model Train Layout and relocated it to a permanent spot on the museum’s first floor.  Visitors can explore the new layout depicting local landscapes of Binghamton, Endicott, Owego, Johnson City and Susquehanna in the 1950s.

Activities during the reception include the ability to paint small model figures that can fit within the layout, face painting, concessions and much more.  There’s even an opportunity to be part of the display by buying “real estate” on Roberson’s new layout.

Reduced Reception Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/Students.  Roberson Members and children 4 and under are Free.

Remarks will be made at 2:30 to recognize all who have been a part of the expansion project.

The Expanded Model Train Layout project has involved over a year’s worth of VOLUNTEER work, generous contributions and support from local individuals and community business partners.  Volunteers including electricians, carpenters, engineers and hobbyists have put in over 2,400 hours of work during the layout expansion. 

Roberson’s Expanded Model Train Layout is sponsored by an anonymous donation, Woodland Scenics, Classic Metal Works, IBM, Village Train & Hobby, Walthers, Olum’s, Joe and Janice Smith and our generous volunteers for their contributions to this fantastic project.


Additional funding is provided, in part, by general operating support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council, The Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.