Allentown, Pennsylvania: Mall Model Trains

A bigger-than-most indoor model train world, with an itty-bitty drive-in that shows real movies and a thunderstorm with real rain every half-hour.

Merchants Square

1901 S. 12th St., Allentown, PA
Inside Merchants Square Mall, a kind of indoor flea market. I-78 exit 57. Drive north on Lehigh St. for about a mile. Turn right at the stoplight (CVS pharmacy) onto Vultee St. Drive one block. The street ends at the parking lot for the mall.
F 12-6, Sa 10-6, Su 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $8.
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Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit

Over 40 operating trains, trolleys, subways, and other vehicles on four display layouts, with lighted cities, operating amusement parks, a ski resort with skiers coming down the mountain, a working drive-in theater, and a rainstorm with thunder and lightning every hour on the half hour! We visited on a Friday and spent time talking with the builder of the display, a fascinating way to spend some time.

[Robert Waldbauer, 10/31/2015]

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