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Choo Choo Barn

See Lancaster County in miniature at this gigantic model train layout!

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All Photos Courtesy of Choo Choo Barn
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See Lancaster County in miniature at this gigantic model train layout! Over 70 years in the making, the Choo Choo Barn 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. This 1,700 square foot train display is an ever-changing work of art! See a fire engine race to the rescue to put out the fire at a burning house – with real water! You’ll recognize local landmarks like Dutch Wonderland and the Strasburg Railroad – in detailed miniature! The Choo Choo Barn has truly become an Amish Country landmark.


Starting November 21, 2019, visit Choo Choo Barn’s 9th annual Christmas layout and see how the display is transformed into a winter wonderland. Watch as Santa’s sleigh flies above the snow-covered landscape. Enjoy Christmas music and tiny lights throughout Traintown U.S.A.® while searching for 59 hidden Santas, one for each year the Choo Choo Barn has been open.



The Choo Choo Barn is located along Route 741 East at 226 Gap Road, in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. The display is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. now through December 31, 2019 (closed November 20 and 28 and December 25). Check the website for January 2020 dates. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 3–11. For more information and to learn about group rates, please call 717/687-7911 or visit

Choo Choo Barn, Route 741 East, 226 Gap Rd., Strasburg PA 17579, (717) 687-7911

For more details and updates on the 2019 season, check out Choo Choo Barn on Facebook:


This attraction was originally featured in the May/June 2019 digital version of AAA World.

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