Gallery Talk- The DCMRR, a Look Back in Time

Gallery Talk
Bob Adler-The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, a Look Back in Time

On Sunday March 31, 2019 at 1:15 p.m.  Bob Adler, chairperson of the Donald Cooper Model RR committee and Mahwah Museum Trustee, will present a gallery talk about how the DCMRR came to find its permanent home as an exhibit at Mahwah Museum. This talk will take place in the train room, downstairs at Mahwah Museum. Seating is limited; advanced reservations are recommended. To reserve, email or call 201.512.0099. Gallery talks are free with museum admission.

All Aboard for a Gallery Talk covering the beginnings of the Donald Cooper Model Railroad exhibit at the Mahwah Museum!  See the railroad in its original form before moving to the museum.  I Think I Can, I Think I Can lay out some facts on how it has transitioned from a 13’x9’ layout to its current 13’x28’ DCC-powered operating railroad.  Conducted by Bob Adler who engineered this transition, the talk will be coupled with your admission into the museum.  Keep track of the date and time- Sunday, March 31 beginning at 1:15pm in the layout room. During the 45-minute talk, the railroad will be on the siding, not operating. Reservations for the gallery talk are recommended by contacting the museum by phone or on our website so that we may gauge the number of visitors.  If you’ve noticed at least five train references in this paragraph, you’re our kind of visitor!

This gallery talk is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  The Museum is currently featuring the exhibits Kilmer: The Man Kilmer: The War Years, and WWI Part I and WWI Part II. Permanent exhibits are Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 1-4 pm. The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission $5 for non-members, members and children are free. Visit or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

Visit the Donald Cooper Model Railroad!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open on weekends ONLY. The DCMRR is CLOSED on Wednesday’s.

Admission to the DCMRR is included with admission to the museum. Admission is $5.00 for non-members 17+, members and children are free.

**Please note: We cannot process credit or debit cards inside the museum.***

Get on board with the Donald Cooper Model Railroad!  A four-level-high, DDC- controlled model train layout  has something for every size, child or adult.  The layout honors the importance of the railroad in Mahwah’s development and history!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad continues to entertain children of all ages with seven trains running at a time. Adults and children delight as they watch over the four layers of the railroad, seeing the many wonderful things that are made possible only by the assistance of trains! As the passenger cars make their way through the Amtrak stops and the subway stations, and mine workers wait for their lumber load to arrive, thirty-car coal trains take large sweeping curves as they climb the grades of the two-track main mahwah5mahwah2line!

The Blue Main Line sits between the lower level and the large freight yard and passenger terminal. You can find either passenger or freight trains making their way along the rocky cliffs that identify this line. Trains coming from Union Station or the freight yard must enter this line before heading down the connector track to the large lower level main line.

Come visit our railroad to see it in action. See also our collection of Lionel “O” Gauge trains representing railroads all across the country and all types of locomotives.

This exhibit was made possible through the generous donations of Renee and Ebrima Darboe of Mahwah, New Jersey and the Margolis family of Ramsey, New Jersey.

Admission to the railroad is included in your admission to the museum. If you are interested in model railroading, we would welcome you as a member of our crew. The requirements are a love of the hobby, being twelve years of age or older, and becoming a member of the Mahwah Museum Society. If you have any questions please click here to email our train crew or call 201.512.0099 and leave a message for the train crew.

Please note: The DCMRR is NOT open on Wednesdays, it is NOT a train ride and it is NOT a free train display. The DCMRR is a permanent exhibit at Mahwah Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 Sept-June.



Are you a train buff? The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is one of our most popular permanent exhibits. The layout is a favorite stop for children of all ages. For more information about how to volunteer with the DCMRR crew please click here.