Just a short drive from the historic town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia nestled of the beaten path you will find the Harpers Ferry Toy Train Museum and Joy Line Miniature Railroad. You drive in, and you see the tracks that the railroad runs on. It includes a train station that was a section of car house that was part of the train station in Hagerstown, Maryland, a train trestle, a tunnel, railroad signals and even a small rail yard. You board the steam or diesel locomotive, whichever they are operating, and you ride a few laps around the track. Once the train comes to a stop, the ride is over. You take a look at the different trains in the yard, and you are done.
You take a walk up the hill. You enter into a building where you see a large collection of old toy trains and railroad memorabilia. Many of the trains go as far back as the early twentieth century before 1939. You will see model train displays of the old trains rolling around. The collection was once housed in an old baggage car in the historic town, but it was moved to its present location where the Joy Line would be built.
The Harpers Ferry Toy Train Museum and Joy Line Miniature Railroad is a family owned operation that was begun by Robert Wallich, Sr. who loved collecting trains. The collection was made public in 1970, and the museum is currently operated by his children and grandchildren. This museum is a great detour to take if you are ever in the area.
The museum is only open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays between April and October. It is located on Bakerton Road about a mile from U.S. 340 west of the historic Harpers Ferry town area. It is an hous drive from D.C. The fare to ride the train is only $4.00. They do not have a website, but you can visit their Facebook page. Just go to the Harpers Ferry Toy Train Museum and Joy Line Railroad page to see pictures of the trains.