• Miniature Railroad & Village
  • Miniatures waiting for the train Miniature Railroad and Village
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Miniature Railroad & Village®

Close-up of miniatures


Reopening Mon., Nov. 20.

Take a walking tour of western Pennsylvania at the world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village®.

This beloved exhibit's story began in 1919 with a man named Charles Bowdish of Brookville, Pa. Originally a holiday display on the second floor of his house, it moved to the Buhl Planetarium in 1954, and ultimately found its final home at Carnegie Science Center in 1992.

The Miniature Railroad & Village® features hundreds of wonderfully realistic animated scenes that illustrate how people lived, worked, and played in our region during an era spanning the 1880s to the late 1930s.

Primanti Bros. in the Strip District!
The Primanti Bros. restaurant in the Strip District has welcomed patrons along 18th and Smallman Street since 1933, and this year, the beloved restaurant, known for its towering coleslaw-and-french-fry-topped sandwiches, will open shop in Carnegie Science Center's Miniature Railroad & Village® as its latest historic installation. Check it out when the exhibit re-opens to the public Nov. 20!

More favorites include the Westinghouse Atom Smasher, Crawford Grill, Fallingwater, Forbes Field, Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler's Knob, Luna Park, Sharon Steel Mill, Manchester Farms, and a historic Pittsburgh incline, to name a few.

By the Numbers

The Miniature Railroad & Village® features:

  • 105 animations
  • 250,000+trees
  • 14 aircraft
  • 85 automobiles
  • 1 Incline (Monongahela Incline)
  • 60 trucks
  • 22 horse-drawn vehicles
  • 23,000 fans in Forbes Field

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