Medina, New York: Medina Railroad Museum

Created by Marty Phelps to house the largest HO scale train layout in New York State (it's his own). Housed in the largest wooden freight station ever built for New York Central. Marty died in 2017, but the museum lives on.

Medina Railroad Museum

Address:
530 West Ave., Medina, NY
Directions:
I-90 exit 48A. Drive north around 15 miles to Medina. You'll be on Main St. Cross the train tracks and turn left onto Park Ave., then left again onto West Ave., then right onto Railroad Alley.
Hours:
Tu-Su 11-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
585-798-6106
Admission:
Adults $6.
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Model railroad.

Medina Railroad Museum

The museum's curator Marty Philips passed away in April, 2017 but the museum is still in operation. Its layout features a variety of scenes and even includes the ship Edmund Fitzgerald taking on a load of iron ore. Maybe its last load before it sunk in Lake Superior? If there is a train excursion running to Lockport I would suggest getting a ticket for the ride. This would allow the passenger to cross Lockport's famous "Upside Down Bridge." It is a great place to visit with lots to offer for a small town museum.

[Thom, 11/03/2017]

The museum needs another Marty. If visitors called ahead, Marty would dress in a full New York Central conductor's uniform and give a guided tour.

Medina Railroad Museum

Largest wooden freight station ever built for New York Central R.R. Originator, curator Marty Phelps lives in an apartment built into the rafters and claims to live in the world's largest ranch house with the largest model train layout in his basement (actually the first floor) in NYS. A retired firefighter, Marty has on exhibit in the museum his collection of over 300 fire helmets. The HO Scale train layout is indeed the largest in New York State...over 14 feet wide by aprox. 200 feet long.

Call before going to ensure Marty will be there. He will dress in a full New York Central conductor's uniform and give you a guided tour.

[Roger Strickland, 06/21/2003]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Big AppleBig Apple, Medina, NY - < 1 mi.
Only Tunnel Under the Erie CanalOnly Tunnel Under the Erie Canal, Medina, NY - 3 mi.
Upside-Down BridgeUpside-Down Bridge, Lockport, NY - 15 mi.
In the region:
Front Yard Lighthouse, Buffalo, NY - 32 mi.

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