The elaborate Lionel train layout at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, Vermont is an annual tradition, delighting all ages. The assemblage stands three levels high, with tracks running Lionel O gauge trains, Lionel 027 gauge trains, and an upper track running HO trains. The layout includes a backdrop of the Green Mountains painted by local artist Gayl Braisted, an operating gondola ski lift, skiers, snowboarders, and rock climbers, and this year, bicyclists were added. An exciting new feature for 2021 is a caboose that live streams a video of the train traveling through the layout!

Train Schedule:

Tuesday – Friday: 1:30 – 3:30 pm, No reservation required, but the room limit is 10 people at one time.

Saturdays: 1:00 – 3:30 pm, Reservations required

Due to the anticipated high volume of visitors on Saturdays, please make a reservation below to book a Saturday time slot. Time slots are 30 minutes and have a maximum of 10 people. Walk-ins may not be able to be accommodated.

Read more and make Saturday reservations on the Sheldon’s website:

Masks are required in the Museum for everyone regardless of vaccination status.

Regular Museum admission applies to train visits.

Adult: $5.00; Youth (6-18): $3.00; Under 6: Free; Student with current ID: $4.00; Senior: $4.50; Family: $12.00 (two adults and children 6-18)