Expanded Model Train Layout

The Model Train room is open!

Roberson Museum and Science Center is home to the region’s largest public model train display. It is a permanent exhibition, open all year long, located on the first floor of Roberson. The layout depicts the 1950s era, with regional landscapes including Binghamton, Johnson City, Owego, Endicott and parts of Northern Pennsylvania. Make sure to visit often as we constantly add new features, scenes and fun details to explore!

Get a bird’s-eye view of a time when the railroad used to pass through the Southern Tier, and the industries this transportation industry helped build up.

With the help of Christine Lantz from WSKG, Roberson has been able to document the progress of a major project to TRIPLE the size of our Model Train Layout. It has involved over two year’s worth of VOLUNTEER work — 3,000+ hours, and generous contributions from local individuals and business sponsors. Take a look at some clips from WSKG’s “Making Tracks” footage and meet some of the volunteers and see the transformation and detail involved!

Roberson’s exhibition designers and Education staff, together with our volunteer Binghamton Model Railroad Engineers (BMRE), have developed a spectacular design for an even more impressive Expanded Model Train Layout.

OVER 3,500 VOLUNTEER hours have been put in since March of 2011 to design, construct, detail and expand our ever popular train display.

Project Volunteers

A big thanks to Woodland Scenics, Classic Metal Works, Village Train & Hobby, Walthers, Security Mutual IBM, Canadian Pacific, Olum’s and our generous donors for their contributions to this fantastic project.

  • Bob Hamilton, Project Designer
  • Bob Ahearn
  • Tom Boslet
  • Cheri Chan
  • Roberta Flanders
  • Don Hall
  • Dale Ketcham
  • Joe Massara
  • Brian Nestlerode
  • Bob Peterson
  • Don Reining
  • Tim Rhodes
  • Brian Sabol
  • Elaine Saunders
  • Ron Saunders
  • Claude Smith
  • Roger Scism
  • Don VanDick
  • Dan Vergason
  • Marian Vergason
  • Betty Welch
  • Lee Welch

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.