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Northlandz, Flemington's 'wonder of the world,' reopens after renovations by new owner

Northlandz, Flemington's 'wonder of the world,' reopens after renovations by new owner Jenna Intersimone Courier News and Home News Tribune Updated 7:23 PM EST Dec 11, 2019 After 10 months and a quarter of a million dollars of renovations, the doors to Northlandz, the world’s largest model train museum located in Flemington, reopened on September 26 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Some of the unveiled renovations include restoration of about 75 non-working trains; restoration of damaged scenes; and new landscaping, flooring, interior and exterior paint, LED lighting and exterior sign. There is also a new gift shop, private event space and play area for kids. New owner Tariq Sohail purchased Northlandz last November from builder and founder Bruce Williams Zaccagnino, who has since retired from building and curating the 100-train, 1200-miniature structure museum. The venue also includes a doll collection with more than 200 historic dolls, an 1890s' replica steam train and a 2,000-pipe organ. Renovations began in January but, according to Sohail, the team still has about 30 percent of the planned renovations to go. “Northlandz is like a piece of art that you can always bring something new and exciting to so people can visit again and again,” said Sohail. “We’re never done with it – it will be an ongoing project.” Some future projects include an expanded play area with climbing walls, bounce area, arcade and increased interactivity in the exhibit space. A studio is also planned for kids to take model railroad classes.

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