Around Town
Team Life Celebrates 20 Years
Raritan Bay Medical Center Begins New Construction
Out & About - Summer 2013
Ask The Experts
Ask The Experts: Gary Michaels Fine Jewelry
AskThe Expert - Jack Giglio
Ask The Expert - Rudolf C. Thompson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Bay Wellness
Bay Wellness - Don't Forget
Bay Wellness - Making Weight Loss a Family Affair
Bay Wellness - How Can An Ultrasound Help?
Best Bets
Gift Guide - Chapel Hill Dental Arts
The Guide 2014 - B and A Jewelers
The Guide 2014 - ACD Custom Granite
Black Book
Cover Story
George Joynson: History Detective
Felipe Rose: Village People's Macho Man
Nicholas Harary - The Essential Ingredients
Daytripper
Day Tripper - Peddlers Village
Medieval Times
Day Tripper - New York City for the Holidays
Eats
Eat Beat - Marina Café
Dining Out For The Holidays
Eats: Sickles Market
Etc
Etc - The Endless Summer
Etc - Aspirin...please.
Etc - The Facebook Situation
Fall Guide
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Fall Guide - Pumpkins, Hayrides, & Orchards
Fall Guide - Performing Theatre
Featured Artist
Featured Artist - José Serrano
Featured Artist - Dorothy Kaplan
Featured Artist - Amy Puccio
Gift Guide
The Guide 2015 - Cuozzo Orthodontics
Black Friday Gift Guide - Dearborn Market
Gift Guide - Twin Brook Family Fun Center
Health Talk
Health Talk - Iorio Plastic Surgery and CosMedical Center
Health Talk - Maria Nadelstumph - Brandywine Senior Living at Wall
Health Talk - Carol Ash, DO
Health, Wellness & Beauty
HWB 2014 - Physicians for Alternative Medicine, P.C.
Guest Blogger >> Sonya Moretti, WHNP-BC, NAMS
Health - Lettuce for Life
Holiday Buzz 2014
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Holiday Fun in the City: NYC & PHL
Best Bet - David Burke’s Fromagerie
Homes
Paradise Found - The Cannizzaros
Home at Last
Pretty as a Picture
Letter
Warm Winter Wishes
Letter to Colts Neck: Falling Into Good Times
Spring has Sprung!
Living in Colts Neck
Feels Like Home
La Bella Vita!
Muriel Rogers - Local Artist
Newsletter Articles
The Home - Viscon Builders
SnowBird Style: Jeff and Mary Schulsinger
The Home Gallery - Distinctive Pools
Our Picks
Our Pick - triSpace Interiors
Our Pick - Royal Dinettes
Our Pick - Akasha
People On The Move
People On The Move: Mary Weir
People On The Move - Kari Mentonis
People On The Move - Cecil Lear
Summer Guide
Weigh In - What Annoys You Most About The Beach?
Summer Guide - The Beach is Back
Summer Guide 2014 - Our Jersey Shore
The Bay
The Bay - National Stroke Awareness Month
The Bay - Can The Weight Be Over?
The Bay - Could I Have Diabetes and Not Even Know it?
The Guide
The Guide 2015 - Gerald Peters Goldmine Jewelers
DISH - 2014 Monmouth County Guide
The Guide 2015 - CheckMate Communications
The Home Guide
The Home - Home Living Furniture
The Home - Rainmaker Lawn Sprinklers
The Home Guide - Visit Brock Farms
Weigh In
If you had a crystal ball...
Weigh In - What childhood toy do you still have or wish you still had?
Holiday Street Beat - What’s on your list?

DayTripper: Northlandz
12/15/2008

DayTripper: Northlandz

Nestled away deep in the heart of Hunterdon County is a spectacular place called Northlandz.

This place of adventure includes a 1-mile indoor tour through a magnificent miniature  world. With up to 100 trains running daily on 8 miles of track you simply won’t believe your eyes; it is easy to see how 25 years went into sculpting the 35-foot mountains and building  the 40-foot bridges. Your kids will marvel at the thousands of handcrafted buildings and over 10,000 freight cars.



Northlandz is a 16-acre world-class attraction developed by Bruce Williams and his wife Jean. The complex includes: the La Peep Doll House, a doll museum, a theater pipe organ,  and various art galleries. The building is reflective of the couple’s lifelong commitment to art, expression, and creativity.



Mr. Williams’ dream began more than 25 years ago as the Williams’ first home was being built in 1972. The story goes that as the builders would leave for the day, Mr. Williams would  escape to the basement and begin creating scenes for his new passion. Mountain passes were erected, complete with bridges and buildings. The workers would return the next day  and remove the new additions so they could continue their work, but Bruce kept building the exhibits nightly. Thus, a 24-year labor of love began, which has resulted in the world’s  largest model railroad.



Scenes on the railway line include a desert that comes complete with a Native American village, a fort, and an adobe village. Tourists enter and tour the fort while trains loop through  the entire display. In addition, every bridge in Northlandz is handcrafted by Bruce and each is gingerly placed in its appropriate position. Believe it or not, they even have simulated  plane crashes and train derailments at Northlandz; but fear not – not a single person has been injured during landings at the Northlandz Airport. The attention to detail of the  derailment is astounding and, with up to 100 trains running daily, there is always at least one derailment.



When you visit, be sure to walk along the “canyons” filled with busy villages and notice the shining cities and towns glued to the sides of mountains overlooking cavernous m ines that  all linked together by intricately designed roads and rails. There are bridges crossing everywhere, a golf course, a state fair with a huge roller coaster, a log mill, and a monastery. Another truly amazing section is the world’s only toothpick farm.



Then there are the trains – 135 miniature trains, starting, stopping, and disappearing through tunnels, winding their way through mountains, 38-foot long bridges, and thousands of  houses and trees. The walk through Northlandz actually takes you up three levels so you can see villages at eye level, and through little windows, people are visible inside the  houses. From far above you can appreciate the precise movement in the trains, and each time you look over the deep ravines you are guaranteed to see something new. Also a  must-see is the Raritan River Railway. You can ride this steam replica (2/3 scale) through tunnels and over bridges through nature-rich woodlands.



Another exhibit at Northlandz is the La Peep Dollhouse, which is a 94-room “mini” mansion and is probably every dollhouse lover’s dream. It comes complete with an indoor  swimming pool, a ballroom with a doggie band, and a two-story library. After visiting the dollhouse check out the Doll Museum where there are more than 200 collectible dolls from  around the world.



Inside the Music Hall there is a 2,000 pipe organ, which is the centerpiece of this 500 seat theater, and it truly creates an inspiring atmosphere. It is played several times daily and is  literally music to your ears. In addition, an art gallery offers a cultural array of more than 250 paintings and other works of art.



Over the years, Mr. Williams has added several new skills to his long list of accomplishments. A concert musician, successful entrepreneur, multi-award-winning computer software  game developer and publisher, he has spent his lifetime working at what he loves. In 1977, he was persuaded by friends to host an annual train show for a local charity. The weekend  show soon attracted 1,500 visitors daily. Several national television broadcasts and television coverage by German, Swedish, and Japanese stations contributed to its growing  popularity, leading to the idea for a year-round attraction.



“This is what we do,” says Mr. Williams, who along with his wife’s steadfast support works 365 days a year. He adds, “If you can create your own enthusiasm, you can do anything.”





Cool facts about Northlandz

Tour Length: 1 Mile

Highest Mountain: 30 feet (6,000 scale feet)

Longest Bridge: 40 feet

Number of Bridges: 300 — 400

Number ofTrains: 100+

Feet ofTrack: 50,000 (8 miles) - Atlas Super-Flex track

Buildings: 4,000+

Wood: Enough wood to build 42 large houses (52,000 square feet)

Lichen Trees: 500,000+



Northlandz

495 Highway 202 South

Flemington, NJ 08822

(908) 782-4022

www.northlandz.com



General Admission

Adults: $13.75

Children 2 - 12 years: $9.75

Children under 2 years: FREE

Seniors: $12.50

HOURS

Sunday: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Monday: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday: Closed*

Wednesday: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Friday: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

*Closed Tuesdays year round, except for Christmas week.


Grand opening of “Club Car Cafe”

Featuring Nathan’s Famous Hot dogs, popcorn, Otis Spunkmeyer’s muffins and cookies, a variety of hot and cold beverages, and much more.

 

DIRECTIONS

From the Flemington Circle

Follow Route 202 North to the Three Bridges; make a U turn. Follow 202 South for about 1 mile. Northlandz will be on your right.

From Manhattan

Follow either Route 80 West or 78 West to Route 287 South.Take 287 South to the 202 South Somerville exit. Once on 202 South, go approximately 10 miles to Northlandz, which is on the southbound  side, 1 mile before the Flemington Circle.

For all other information regarding exhibitions, special events, or programs visit their website at www.northlandz.com




Advertisers

The Grove At Shrewsbury




Powered by eDirectory™