Send Us Your Memories!

Since its debut at the Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 1954, the Miniature Railroad & Village has become a Pittsburgh icon. Hundreds of thousands of people been enchanted by the display over the past 50 years, and for many, visits to the Miniature Railroad & Village are a family holiday tradition.

Southwestern Pennsylvania has a special sense of nostalgia that is a central piece of what makes the Miniature Railroad & Village so wonderful. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Miniature Railroad & Village, Carnegie Science Center is launching an ongoing project to document, share, and celebrate the memories of Miniature Railroad & Village visitors through on-site and on-line initiatives.

What do you love about the Miniature Railroad & Village? What is your favorite model or animation? Did you visit the Miniature Railroad at the Buhl Planetarium as a child? Do you bring your children or grandchildren now? Are there any special memories or stories you can share about visits to the railroad--children’s antics, observations, family traditions, special occasions? How does the Miniature Railroad & Village represent Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania for you?

Do you have a memory to share? There are three ways to participate:

  • Visit the Miniature Railroad & Village and drop your form in the memory box.
  • Email your memory to
  • Mail your memory to Memories, Miniature Railroad & Village, Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

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