Northlandz is in Flemington, N.J. According to the press release for the mini-documentary “Some Kind of Quest:”
75 minutes from Manhattan sits Northlandz, a sanctuary of mountain ranges, rivers, bustling town centers, bridges and countless inhabitants—all inside a nondescript four-story building. Built by Bruce Zaccagnino’s own hands, the 52,000-square-foot microcosm is more than North America’s largest model train installation; Northlandz is a living monument to one artist’s vision of an equable, irreverent America.
A former video game designer, Bruce shoveled every cent into the establishment of Northlandz, constructing by hand not just the soaring, walk-through model train dioramas but even the building and grounds, with a ridable outdoor steam train and a Beaux-Arts theater that houses a 2,000-pipe organ played by Zaccagnino himself.
But can it last? While Bruce has even grander plans for Northlandz, his dream has grown beyond what anyone initially imagined. Yet the audiences he hoped Northlandz would attract just aren’t coming. He’s transformed from a creator into a caretaker, wrestling with upkeep instead of making art. Northlandz is not just another roadside attraction. It’s a man’s life, work, and home.