Harrolds Model Train Museum

8103 North U.S. Highway 271
Tyler, TX 75708

903-531-9404

History

With over 1700 pieces of model trains, toy trains, and railroad memorabilia, Mr. Harrold Little has built a model train museum for the Northeast Texas region.

Located on U.S. Highway 271, North of Loop 323 (8103 North U.S. Hwy. 271), Mr. Little has built his museum in a converted house. Mr. Little has built an unique collection with operating model and toy trains surrounded by landscaping, buildings, a circus, and display cases full of all types of trains.

Visitors will find an outstanding private collection of model trains made of wood, cast iron, battery operated, windup, and railroad memorabilia in all scales (G, O, S, HO, N, and Z).

Upon your arrival at Harrold's Model Train Museum, expect to get a personal guided tour of the museum and hear the stories about each piece. Notice the twinkle in Harrold's eyes as he tells you where and how the trains were used across the country and around the world. Harrold has become quite a train expert.

Mr. Little recalls when his parents gave him and his brother Carrold a wind-up Marx engine and cars for Christmas in the 1920's. Harrold and Carrold were about 6 or 7 years old then. Although the location of that train set is not known today, Harrold has managed to find a suitable replacement for his museum.

Harrold said it did not have a whistle, bell, or make smoke like today's locomotives, but he and his brother loved that train set. Harrold and Carrold would spend a lot of their time winding that train up just to get one turn around their oval track. As Harrold remembers his childhood days with that wind up train, watch a gleam come to his eyes.

Mr. Little's train collecting began in October, 1989 when his wife bought a set that was offered as a promotion by a local grocery store. His wife had heard him say several times, "I would like a train to entertain myself". To this day Harrold will tell you it was her way of getting him out from under her feet. Little did she know what course Harrold would take. This is what it's all about, guys and their childhood trains.

Harrold's favorite times are when the school kids come from all around the Tyler area to see his model trains. Some of the kids will take Harrold by the hand and ask tons of questions. You know how kids are. "What is that? How does it work? Show me!" Harrold takes it all in stride, explaining everything and answering all their questions.

"The children of today need to know about trains, the history of trains, and how trains built this great nation of ours. Some of these children have never seen a steam locomotive and that is a great shame."

Images provided by AmericanTowns.com, Ticketmaster
Please use "Flag This Place" to alert us about content that is inappropriate or needs immediate attention. Nothing you submit will be shared with other site visitors.

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »


Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at cdc.gov/coronavirus; additional AARP information and resources are at aarp.org/coronavirus. En español, visite aarp.org/elcoronavirus.

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today

JOIN FOR JUST $16 A YEAR

  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Tyler
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner
JOIN NOW