Miniature Railway and Village® – Carnegie Science Center


100 years of engineering memories

If you’ve realized the vacation isn’t long enough to visit ALL of the amazing destinations Pittsburgh has to offer, let the Miniature Railroad and Village help you out! Our model village and model trains encapsulate iconic Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania landmarks from Primanti and Kaufmann to Fallingwater and western Pennsylvania’s largest train exhibit! The best part? Everything from the miniature railway, the model village or the holiday village and the holiday railway is reduced – so there is a very fast journey, even if you go from the place of the city to the quarry!

The history of the model railroad began in 1919 with a man named Charles Bowdish from Brookville, PA. Originally a holiday exhibit on the second floor of her home, it moved to the Buhl Planetarium in 1954 and eventually found its final home at the Carnegie Science Center in 1992.

The miniature railway and the village® features hundreds of wonderfully realistic animated scenes that illustrate how people lived, worked and played in our region before 1940.

Contributions to the Miniature Railway and the Village® The 100th anniversary campaign saw the Science Center refresh the gallery with new carpeting, fresh paint, historic photo montage, updated signage, new entrance video and, coming soon, LED lighting .

Visitors now enjoy motion-activated digital text panels as well as the digitization and online publication of the model railway’s extensive century-old archive, including photos and letters from creator Charles Bowdish. The project also includes the publication of a limited-edition century-old book detailing the history of the exhibition, its models, its passionate caretakers and never-before-seen photographs.

You can now purchase a limited edition commemorative book that highlights the history of the model railway and the iconic models displayed there. The book is co-authored by Robert Gangewere, a published author, and Patty Everly, curator of historical exhibits at the Carnegie Science Center, who has led the exhibit’s growth for more than 20 years. Title A love story: the miniature railway and the villagea portion of the proceeds from the book goes to support the model railway.

The miniature railway and the village® The centenary celebration is sponsored by:


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