Medina Railroad Museum

A few weeks ago I went to the Medina Railroad Museum. What a great experience. This Museum isn't just about Train's either. It is a collection from Martin C. Phelps, a retired Batavia Fire Fighter who sadly passed away in 2017. Fire fighting, Military and Train collections are all included in the Museum. But I would say the shining attraction is the huge model railroad.

The staff there are all very passionate about the Museum, and history. I loved how enthused they were about their work, and promoting the hobby of Model Railroading. They seem very eager to help promote the hobby.

What drew me in right away was the attention to detail. I LOVED the Burmashave signs. Probably a reference to a time long before most kids these days will even remember. But this was a common sight along country roads in America, and even in Canada from about the middle of the 20th century to maybe the late 80tys? I know I recall seeing them, I think? In any case I loved this detail.

Some great models on this massive layout. I can only wish for the space to create something even a quarter of what this layout portrays.

Can see the walls around the layout just lined with fire fighting artifacts.

I very much LOVED that this model railroad has a Hump Yard! So very cool.

I also loved this addition. I am also fond of the Herschell Carrousel Museum.

I do enjoy and appreciate how this layout spans a variety of era's. It isn't set in a specific timeframe. Which is refreshing in a way. It allows people to enjoy a variety of scenes set in different times, and isn't just set on one specific era. This works great, in part, because it is a freelanced model railroad. It doesn't really follow any specific prototypes to my knowledge.

Admission is a very affordable $9. Go and visit. Enjoy! It is so worth the trip to Medina. They are also actively looking for volunteers and help modeling and operating the layout.

They own some real train equipment as well. Also some NYC E-8's which apparently need to be brought up to FRA standards. So if there was a diesel mechanic who wanted to work on a locomotive for fun, I am sure they would love the help to get these units back on the rails.