Holiday Season Model Railroad Open Houses


November 2022-March 2023

     
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Abington Lines Model Railroad Club Admission Free - Donations Appreciated
Location: 2066 Second Street Pike (PA Rt 232), Richboro, PA 18954 (2 miles north of PA 332, on the right)
Phone: (215) 598-7720 Website: http://www.abingtonlines.org Scale: HO (standard, narrow gauge & traction)
Information: Come see multiple trains with digital radio control and sound, operating on our 20' x 60' two-track mainline exceeding 1,000 feet in length. Enjoy the scenery depicting the PA rolling hills. Marvel at our trolleys, life like village, operating signals, detailed buildings, operating roundhouse, industrial switching areas and waterfront complete with rail car ferries. Also enjoy our extensive narrow-gauge section with old time operating engines.
Open 12-4 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 26 (Monday) & 31; Jan. 7, 8, 14, 15; Feb. 4, 5, 11, 12
 
Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers Admission  -  $5 Donation Appreciated - 12 & under free.
Location: 900 E. Macada Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017 (We share an ample parking lot with St. Thomas' UCC)
    Website: http://www.bdsme.org Scale: HO, O (scale and 3-rail), On30 and S.
Information: Come see 2 floors of multiple trains in continuous operation with Legacy, DCS and DCC systems and plenty of smoke and sound. Organized in 1965, the first floor 650 square-foot display nicely blends O, On30 and S scale action. Operating signals and accessories further enhance the display. The 2nd floor 800 square-foot HO display showcases trains traveling thru rolling hills, ruggged mountains and industry, and past parks and towns. We suggest those with children under 40 inches tall bring a step stool.
Open 1-4 p. m. on Nov. 26 & 27; Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11; Jan 7, 8, 14, 15; Feb. 4 & 5.
 
Burlington County Model Railroad Club Admission Free - Donations Appreciated
Location: Basement (right side), Burl. Co. Footlighters Playhouse, 808 Pomona Rd, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
Phone: (856) 733-0010 Website: http://www.bcmrc.org or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BCMRC Scale: HO
Information: We represent portions of a freelanced railroad that goes from tidewater to mountains, running through the typical stations and industrial areas of a large city, then countryside, while serving industries. We run 5-8 trains simultaneously on a double-track mainline along with several other trains operating in various yards using an NCE DCC system along with JMRI. We ask that adults bring a step stool for children under 40 inches tall.
** We have an air exchanger in place to help mitigate viral transmission. **
Open 12-5 p.m. on Nov. 26 & 27; Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11; Jan. 7, 8, 14, 15; Feb. 18, 19, 25, 26.
 
Coopersburg Area Society of Model Engineers / C.A.S.M.E. Admission Free - Donations Appreciated
Location: Basement of Borough Building, 5 North Main St., Coopersburg, PA 18036
Website: http://www.casme.org Scale: HO
Information: Our layout dimensions are 35' x 44' and when finished, there will be more than 3500 feet (58 scale miles) of track and over 100 switches. A computer-assisted dispatching program using JMRI software, controlling our Digitrax DCC system, allows up to 12 trains to be operated through beautiful scenes and past operating signals over the layout.
Open 12-5 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11; Jan. 7, 8, 14, 15.
 
Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club Admission Free - Donations Greatly Appreciated!
Location: 8010 Old York Rd. (Route 611) Elkins Park, PA 19027 (located in the former Old York Rd. station)
Phone:(215) 635-9747 Website: http://www.cheltenhillsmrr.org Scale: HO
Information: Since 1946! Highlights include 1750 feet of track, 300-car freight yard, steam and diesel locomotive facility with operating turntable, and industrial yard. The centerpiece is our operating lift bridge, which allows trains to cross between parts of the layout. Our DCC control system allows us to run multiple trains on the mainline and yards with realistic sound. Wheelchair accessibility available by appointment only - please call any Thursday evening or email cheltenhills@gmail.com to schedule this access.
Open 12-4pm on Nov. 19 & 20; Dec. 10 & 11; Jan. 7 & 8 & Feb. 4 & 5.
 
Gatsme MRRC - located at the Rockledge Model Railroad Museum (RMRM) Admission Free - Donations Appreciated
Location: 323 Montgomery Ave. Rockledge, Pa. (corner of N. Sylvania & Montgomery Aves.)
Website: http://www.rockledgemrm.org   Also see our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rockledgemrmuseum/ Scale: HO
Gatsme features a 3000-square foot operating walk-through layout, with over 900 feet of operating main line, including parts of the PRR Schuylkill Branch and the Reading Company's line to Shamokin. The museum also has displays of railroad and model railroad history and is handicap accessible. The layout is progressing, with over 700 feet of operating main line. Memberships are open; join us as we continue to grow!
Open 12-3 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month. Also open on 12-3 p.m. Jan. 21. More dates may be added; see web site for updates.
We are also partnering with the Philadelphia Division of the NMRA to host a train show on Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia (just off I-95.) Over sixty vendors, operating layouts, free parking. Admission for this event is $6 per person or $10 per couple; under twelve free.
 
Keystone N-Trak Admission & Parking Free - Donations Appreciated
New Location:100 North Second Street, North Wales, PA 19454 (GPS: 113 N. 2nd St.)
Parking: Municipal Lot behind St. Luke's Church
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/keystonentrak Scale: N
Information: Keystone is a modular N-scale club, modeling to N-Trak international standards. This enables each member's modules to link to form model railroads at public and private events. We travel to various N scale events and are a participating member of The Eastern N Lines Partnership. New members are always welcome. Meetings are every Tuesday at 7 pm. Please check our facebook page for any last-minute schedule changes.
Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 12, 19, 20; Dec. 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 (raffle drawing); Jan. 7 & 22. Please check our facebook page for any dates that may be added.
 
Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum  -  NEW FOR 2022-2023! Admission $7, children under twelve free!
Location: 705 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018  -  Street parking only.
Phone: 610-868-7101   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lkvmrr Website: lkvmodelrailroad.com Scale: HO
Information: The layout in HO scale depicts the routes of the Lehigh Valley Railroad during the perod 1950 to 1976, from West Portal NJ to Behlehem PA and north to Coxton PA; the Reading Railroad from Quakertown PA to Behlehem PA, then to Harrisbur PA; and the Central Railroad of New Jersey from Elizbethport NJ to Wilkes-Barre PA. Anyone familiar with the geographical area will recognize landmarks which have been recreated from vintage photographs. The layout is over 5,000 sq. ft. and is double decked, consisting of about 7,000 feet of track, over 250 turnouts (150 are powered.) There is a helix connecting the lower and upper levels. The scenery is nearing completion. The layout is controlled by an NCE DCC system, and a computer system has been incorporated with JMRI software to run train detection and signalling utilizing Digitrax equipment. The CTC room, with six computer screens, is able to operate the entire layout, providing prototypical operation of the railroad.
Open 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 20, 25 (Friday), 26; Dec. 4 & 10 (Thomas & Friends), Dec. 18 (Steam era), Dec. 26 (1970s era); Jan. 1, 7 & 8 (Modern era days)
Open 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Dec. 23 (1950s & 1960s era), Dec. 29 (1980s & 1990s era), Dec. 30 (Foreign Power Friday)
Open 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 & Mar. 19.
 
Nazareth Area Society of Model Engineers (NASME) Admission Free, but donations appreciated
Location: 212 Main Street, Stockertown, PA Parking across the street, behind Stockertown Municipal Building.
   Website: https://www.nasmemrr.org/ Scale: N, O, S, HO
Information: Four operating layouts. In the N-gauge layout, you'll experience the excitement of railroading in miniature. The S-gauge circles through the borough of Nazareth and features an operating trolley. The O-gauge includes smoking steam engines, horns, whistles, bells and even railroad chatter. The entire first floor is devoted to an HO-gauge multilevel layout with an operating hump yard and a helix on which four trains move between levels.
Open 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 26 & 27; Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 27, 29; Jan. 8, 14, 15; March 4 & 5.
Open 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 28 and Jan. 7.
 
Patcong Valley Model RR Club  -  NEW FOR 2022-2023! Admission Free, donations appreciated
Location: 1315 Harding Highway (U.S. Route 40) Richland, NJ (Buena Vista Twp. Visitors Center)
Phone: 856-952-4251Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/patcongvalleyrr Scale: HO
Information: The PVMRR is a fictional, regional railroad serving northeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, approximately from Scranton to Weehawken. We model a time period from the late 1940s to the late 1960s, the waning days of the steam engine and the expansion of diesel motive power. The New York Central, Pennsylvania Railroad, Jersey Central, Erie-Lackawanna, Delaware & Hudson, and Lehigh Valley are just a few of the Class 1 "Fallen Flags" you can see.
Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Nov. 19; Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18; Jan. 7, 8, 14, 15; Feb. 4 & 5.
 
 
Royersford Modular Model Railroaders Admission to Greenberg's Train Show - Donations Appreciated
Location: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center 100 Station Drive, Oaks, PA
Phone: (610) 888-4306 Website: http://www.royersfordmodular.org Scale: HO
Information: Moveable modular railroad layout, on display during the Greenberg's show, which also includes other layouts, vendors and manufacturers.
Open 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Jan. 14 & 15.
 
Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club CLOSED FOR 2022-2023 SEASON
Location: 400 South Main Street (rear entrance), Phoenixville, PA 19460; diagonally across from Library
Phone: (610) 935-1126 Website: www.svmrrc.com Scale: HO (standard and narrow gauge)
 
Saint Alban's Railroad Fellowship - STARR CLOSED FOR 2022-2023 SEASON
Location: Saint Alban's Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Rd. Newtown Square, PA (Under Thrift Shop)
Website: http://www.StARR-MRC.org Scale: HO
Information: We continue to expand parts of the layout, are rewiring other sections, and are determined to be back bigger and better next year!
Thanks to all for your patience these past few years.
 
Note: Dates for all club open houses are Saturdays and Sundays unless otherwise noted. Not responsible for errors or omissions in the schedules. Dates and times subject to change without notice. In case of inclement weather, please verify directly with each club whether their shows will run as scheduled.
Holiday Season Model Railroad Open Houses   -   November 2022-March 2023
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version 1.1 posted 2022-11-12