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.

150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony on the Donald Cooper Model RR


150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony on the Donald Cooper Model RR

May 1, 2019- May 26, 2019





Friday, May 10, 2019 will mark a very important date in American railroad history. It is on that date that the United States will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental rail-link at Promontory Point, Utah. With the Central Pacific Railroad laying tracks from California toward the east, and the Union Pacific Railroad laying tracks from Missouri toward the west, the joining of the line unified all of America.  Coast-to-coast travel and shipping would now take 5-6 days as opposed to six months by other means of travel. This event known as the “Golden Spike Celebration” will be celebrated with events all across the nation. 

Each weekend during the month of May, the Donald Cooper Model Railroad at the Mahwah Museum will join many organizations across the country recognizing this accomplishment. We have created a space on our railroad where you can see the two locomotives come together just as it happened 150 years ago. The touching of the cow-catchers of the locomotives will take place several times during our operating hours. Be a part of American history and join us to honor this very important event.

The museum hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults over 16. Children are free. The museum address is 201 Franklin Turnpike next to the Mahwah Police headquarters.

All Aboard!