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Roadside America

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Address: Shartlesville, PA 19554
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+1 610-488-6241
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Best in PA!

Being a railroad affectionato since I was a young shaver, I had to see for myself what this place offered. Well I was not disappointed! Admission is fair considering the manpower... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 December 2016
John N
Somers Point, New Jersey
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Somers Point, New Jersey
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288 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Being a railroad affectionato since I was a young shaver, I had to see for myself what this place offered. Well I was not disappointed! Admission is fair considering the manpower to keep it up and running. Plenty of room and advantage points to watch and take pictures of the layout. They dim the lights ever so often and the... More 

Thank John N
Rahway, New Jersey
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122 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This is one of those roadside attractions from the 1940s and 1950s- a building size O guage model railroad layout with elaborate scenery representing Pennsylvania cities and towns. It is a handmade project that rewards a close look, some of the scenes are like an Edward Hopper painting. It is retro, kitsch, and charming all at the same time. It... More 

Thank Richard S
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I didn't quite know what to expect going into it, but I found it to be really cool! It's relatively cheap, has an adorable display, and I'm all about keeping family businesses alive. I can't believe the entire display was hand made! Amazing.

Thank snkonczyk
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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100 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My husband and I are model train buffs with an HO set up in our garage, so we look for train displays when we travel. This one went above our expectations. Not HO, but so many great scenes set up with some animation, lights and sounds. A lot of the display models were hand made and some had switches that... More 

Thank luvdance46
Kallangur, Australia
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I like toy trains but not much of a train fanitic. Very interesting, however not too much to do. Very cute attraction but it only takes about a hour hour to get through this, so be Sure not to make this your only stop.

Thank Karen T
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

If you got some free time and are traveling along 78 in Berks County, I recommend you stop in. It's a very interesting place if you like small town history and model trains. Many of the models in the display are hand made. It's very interesting to young kids who get to push the various switches to operate the various... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We just stopped here on the recommendation of friends. I would have loved it as a child and would have loved to take our children here when they were small! It's an indoor diorama of a tiny town, with numerous buttons to push to activate trolleys, trains, wells, plows, etc. The scenes are remarkably detailed, and a printed guide points... More 

Thank VMI1016
Reading, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

For anyone who likes model railroading, this is a fantaxtic place to visit. A must stop for your children and grandchildren. O scale trains, from the 1940's and 50's. Animated village. Changes from daytime to night. Start a family tradition and visit ASAP.

Thank Thomas S
Altamont, New York
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This place is amazing! The display is incredible! Their night show has to be seen! I hadn't been there in quite a few years and it is just as I remembered! A must see for the train enthusiast!

Thank kittykrazy2016
Williamsburg, Virginia
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Bring your camera!! It's so cool and they give you a pamphlet that you can read as you walk around the entire display. The pamphlet helps add even more excitement and interest to the experience so I suggest reading it. It also helps you look at the details so you don't miss a single thing! There is also a big... More 

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