Toy Train Museum
Location: At the Corner of 12th and Walnut
Heber Springs, Arkansas 72543
In the days before television, when teaching children about the world around them was very much a “hands on” experience, Wayne Ruland’s grandmother took him to Penn Station in Newark, New Jersey. Grandmother Ruland took her grandchildren to see steam trains, electric and diesel trains, trolleys, horse-drawn freight wagons, porters, conductors and engineers, and he learned quickly to recognize the sound of the clickety-clack, clickety-clack as the train went down its’ tracks. The love of trains was instilled in Wayne from a very early age, as it was his father, Ed.
Today, the heritage, knowledge, and skills have been recycled into Ruland Junction Toy Train Museum located in Heber Springs, Arkansas. The exterior of the museum was designed to replicate an old-time train station with eyebrow windows as a tribute to Lionel. The interior houses a unique collection of operating layouts, vintage display cases, libraries, children’s play area, and dozens of artfully displayed metal figures, train memorabilia, and toys, both old and new on two stories.
For Information: The Museum is currently open weekends.
RULAND JUNCTION is a MUST SEE when you’re visiting the area. For current hours of operation please call 501-362-6342