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Twin Cities Model RR Museum Announces New Location

2016-01-22 - Paul Almquist

Announced this morning via an 0730 email:

Official Press Release:

Thanks to tremendous community support from an ongoing fundraising campaign, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum has announced they will be relocating to 652 Transfer Road in St. Paul, Minnesota. The new location is near the former Amtrak Depot just north of University Avenue. The building is also home to local favorites - Buttercream Cakes and Chocolat Célste.

For the past 31 years the museum has been located at 1021 Bandana Boulevard East in Bandana Square. The new Transfer Road location will allow the museum to become more financially stable while creating new and improved exhibits, interactive model train layouts and other displays.

Museum volunteers will begin moving existing train layouts and start building new exhibits in February. The goal is to reopen at the new location in early spring with a grand reopening date to be determined sometime in the near future.

Their last day at the Bandana Square facility will be Sunday, February 28th 2016. Until then the Museum will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-3pm, Saturdays from 10am-5:00pm, and Sundays from 12-5pm through February.

The popular “Night Trains” events will continue to run every Saturday evening from 6pm-9 pm through February. Many nights feature special guests including book signings, artists and Operation Lifesaver.

The Twin City Model Railroad Museum has been a St. Paul attraction since 1934. The museum is an all-volunteer non-profit whose mission is to celebrate toy trains, the model railroading hobby, and the railroad history of the Twin Cities. If you would like more information about the museum and their upcoming move or wish to make a donation to help them relocate, please visit the Museum website at www.tcmrm.org . You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more details.

This new location is just south of the old Midway Amtrak station in St. Paul. It looks like the easiest access from the east is to take I94 to the Cretin Ave/Vandalia St exit, turn right (north) 3 blocks to University Ave, turn right (east) on University, 1 block to Transfer Rd, turn left on Transfer. It's about 1 block, just over the railroad track (See Tracks, Think Train!) to the south end driveway. There is another driveway at the north end of the building.