Entering the museum.
Someone can hardly contain their excitement.
One of the main exhibit rooms.
Gazing at the trains.
One of many beautiful models.
Vintage model suspension railway from Germany.
ALL THE TRAINS.
Of course the best part came at the end with the working models. In the course of the many hours we spent at the museum, the staff introduced different model trains to the model set; each would appear in photograph form on one of the large screens accompanied by data about the train, and then would make its appearance on the rails. It was a beautifully crafted set, with a high level of wonderfully crafted detail. The room went through cycles of light and dark, and little dude wore himself out running back and forth watching the trains.
Part of the model set.
The roundhouse in the main set.
There was also a smaller set that replicated the city of Yokohama, and my former stomping grounds of Minato Mirai, also where little dude was born! This was a definite highlight for me- to watch as the Keihintohoku-sen pulled out of Sakuragicho eki, and as the lights of the Pacifico building changed throughout the simulated day and evening.
Sakuragicho-eki, complete with Bubby's Pies!
Minato Mirai ground level view.
Trains passing through.
Evening in Yokohama.
More train memorabilia.
A model of Mr. Hara's workshop as rebuilt in the museum.
A parting shot of the central model. Amazing!