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Apple Valley Model Railroad Club – Hendersonville, North Carolina


The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club oversees a free museum of artifacts and detailed miniature scenes. The attraction is located inside the historic 1902 Railroad Depot in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

The museum’s focal point is a 22′ x 100′ HO-scale layout depicting a historical snapshot of the railroad towns and lines in Western North Carolina at the start of the 20th century. Several times a week, volunteer engineers operate multiple lines that travel from room-to-room in the Depot. The club added cameras to several models to display live video on TV monitors in the museum.

The HO-scale layout is complemented by an outdoor 60′ x 12′ G-scale track that operates weather permitting. Artifacts from full-scale railroads are on display throughout the museum and a decommissioned caboose sits outside the building. An additional layout based on Thomas the Tank Engine is available for children to control themselves.

The museum hosts a variety of special events, including celebrating National Train Day every May. Admission to the museum is free.

Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.