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“Wow! What an exhibit”
Review of Choo Choo Barn

Choo Choo Barn
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Strasburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Over 70 years in the making, this gigantic model train layout is still owned and operated by the Groff family. Master modeler, Tom Groff, designs and adds new animations, scale buildings and local scenes each year. See a fire engine race to the rescue to put out the fire at a burning house – with real water! Watch in awe as night falls over Traintown, USA. You’ll recognize local landmarks like Dutch Wonderland and the Strasburg Railroad – in detailed miniature! This is much more than a train display – it is an amazing, hand-built work of art.
Zaleski, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Wow! What an exhibit”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We were somewhat hesitant about going into the exhibit but we were truly overwhelmed by all that there was to see and at the intricate detail that was in every nook and cranny. If anyone ever has any doubts as to the worth of seeing it, that doubt will immediately be taken away and replaced with awe and amazement.

Visited May 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Family Trip”
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

Took our three grandsons to see the Choo Choo Barn. We had a wonderful time and our grandsons loved seeing the display. It is a wonderful place for young and old.

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Nova Scotia
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great for all ages”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We saw it about 5 years ago but enjoyed it just as much on the second visit. Hobby shop is just next door.

Visited April 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Spend ages just looking!”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

We really didn't know what to expect at Choo Choo Barn but paid our $7.50 entrance and headed in. None of us are railway, or model, experts at all but we could all appreciate and be amazed by the detail and scale of this huge layout. I'm sure you could walk around 10+ times and see new things each time. The level of detail (and thus the time and energy spent on it) is incredible; there are people moving inside buildings that you must only notice if you stand and stare at one thing but yet, they're there. We especially enjoyed the little "stories" at different points; watching the fire engine not only respond to a fire but then have firemen assemble ladders and hoses to put it out whilst the property owners watched on in disbelief. The trains are almost secondary to the complexity of the layout! It has a local twist too, with local businesses and billboards.

The lady at the counter was really welcoming and helpful when it came to purchasing a couple of t-shirts. Thank you all very much for sharing this with us!

Visited April 2014
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Baltimore, MD
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Kids love it!”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Been a couple of times. Very intricate train display. Kids love it Fun at Christmas time....trying to find the hidden santas. Good fun!

Visited December 2013
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