Trains: Where to See and Celebrate Trains with Westchester Kids

12/10/13 - By Judith Frost

Train displays are a huge hit around the holidays. We’ve mentioned holiday train shows around Westchester and filled you in on what’s new at the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. Now we’ve got other ideas in Westchester for train buffs of all ages to see and experience trains and railways. Read on for more details about year round exhibits and experiences, plus a train show happening this weekend in Westchester.


Tom’s Trains – Ardsley 
686 Saw Mill River Road
Tom’s Trains often does a show with the Yonkers Model Railroad Club, but is a destination in its own right. This is one of Westchester’s largest collections of trains and Thomas the Tank Engine trains. Here you’ll find everything you need to create the model train layout of your dreams. The merchandise and set up alone can easily keep kids (and enthusiasts of all ages) busy for hours, but Tom’s goes a step further with a Thomas play table for kids to enjoy.

Railroading – Yorktown Heights 
Yorktown Museum, Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce Street, Top Floor
Yorktown Museum has a permanent train exhibit in the Bob McKeand Room called Railroading. This exhibit, a replica of the 1950s Yorktown Depot area, makes a lovely outing for railfans in charming Yorktown Heights. Added bonus? There are other interesting exhibits to check out while you’re there. Admission is FREE, though donations are appreciated.

Toy & Train Show – White Plains
Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue  
Sunday, December 15, 9am-3pm
*Unfortunately, this event has been canceled due to the weather.
This Sunday train enthusiasts of all ages can marvel at new model trains, antiques, toys and more at the largest toy and train show in the northeast. There will be over 350 vendors so you may even find the perfect gift for your future engineer. Just in time for Christmas! $11 for adults, FREE for children 12 and under.

Read more about other train displays and exhibits in NYC and New Jersey.

Photo courtesy of Tom's Trains.