The Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society, Inc. is a nonprofit organization. Within our 4000 square foot facility, we operate a railroading museum and a 65 foot long by 29 foot wide HO scale model train layout. We are only a few short miles from downtown Minneapolis, MN, and encourage you to check out our web site, stop by our museum, send us an email, or give us a call so that you can see our fun and entertaining model railroad, and so that we may answer any questions you may have about our organization or about railroading in general.
The 4,000 square foot railroad display of the Hennepin-Overland Museum currently consists of eastbound and westbound mainlines, a branchline serving the ficticious towns of New Bergin and Summit, a logging line featuring a breathtaking hand made trestle bridge and a logging camp, multiple upper level storage yards and industrial spurs, and lower-level storage/staging yards.
The Hennepin Overlan...d Railway Historical Society is the successor to an unincorporated association of railroad hobbyists formed in 1976 in Richfield. In 1985, the Hennepin-Overland (then 1,600 square feet) was moved and reassembled in 1987 at Lexington and University in St. Paul. In 1996, enlarged to 4,000 square feet, Hennepin-Overland began looking for its own facility and settled in 1997 on the current building in Minneapolis. The display was then taken apart again and stored. In July, 1999, the display was opened in time for the National Model Railroad Association Convention in St. Paul.