Holiday Season Model Railroad Open Houses


November 2018-February 2019

     
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Changes & corrections from the printed schedule:
Chelten Hills - Snow dates, if needed, will be Sat. Jan. 26 & Sun. Jan. 27.
Gatsme - Open house dates added for Sat. Dec. 1, Sat. Dec. 8 & Sun. Dec. 9.
 
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, 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. 1, 2, 8, 9, 29 & 30, Jan. 5, 6, 12, & 13, Feb. 2, 3, 9 & 10.
 
Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers Admission $5 - Donations Appreciated; 12 & under free.
Location: 900 E. Macada Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017 (We share an ample parking lot with St. Thomas' UCC)
Phone: (610) 867-2591 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 Dec. 1, 2, 8 & 9, Jan. 5, 6,12 & 13, Feb. 9 & 10.
 
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 Scale: HO
Information: We call our miniature railroad the Rancocas Valley Lines, based on our physical location in N.J. 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. We ask that adults bring a step stool for children under 40 inches tall.
Open 12-5 p.m. on Nov. 17, 24 & 25, Dec. 1, 2, 15, 29 & 30, Jan. 5, 6, 12 & 13, Feb. 9, 10, 16 & 17.
 
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' x44' and when finished, there will be in excess of 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 12-5pm on Nov. 24 & 25, Dec. 1, 2 & 8, & 9, Jan. 5 & 6.
 
Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club Admission Free - Donations Greatly Appreciated!
Location: 8000 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: Join us for our 72nd year! 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 - please call any Thursday evening to schedule this acceess.
Open 12-4pm on Dec. 8 & 9, Jan. 5, 6, 19 & 20. Snow Dates Jan. 26 & 27.
 
Gatsme MRRC - now located at the Rockledge Model Railroad Museum (RMRM)
Location: 323 Montgomery Ave. Rockledge, Pa. (corner of N. Sylvania & Montgomery Aves.)
Websites: http://www.gatsme.com and http://www.rockledgemrm.org Also see our facebook page! Scale: HO
Gatsme has renovated a 1920s mill building into a new permanent home. Featuring a 3000-square foot operating walk-through layout, which will include 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 Nov. 10, Dec. 1, 8 & 9, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and the 2nd Saturday of each month. See web sites or facebook for additional news and events.
 
Keystone N-Trak Admission Free - Donations Appreciated
Location: Dublin TEC Center, Suite 216, Rear Entrance, 123 N. Main St. (Rt. 313), Dublin, PA
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. 10, 11, 17 & 18, Dec. 2, 9, 15 & 16, Jan. 5,6, 12, 13, 26 & 27, Feb. 9
 
Royersford Modular Model Railroaders Admission Free (* see note below) Donations Appreciated
Location: Multiple (see schedule below for locations, dates, and times)
Phone: (610) 888-4306 Website: http://www.royersfordmodular.org Scale: HO
Information: Movable modular railroad layout, on display at multiple locations again this season.
Jan. 12 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) & 13 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) The World's Greatest Hobby on Tour at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Drive, Oaks, PA.
Feb. 16, 17, 18, 23 & 24 (12-4pm) at Phoenixville YMCA, 400 East Pothouse Road, Phoenixville, PA.
More shows may be added - please see the web site for additions or changes.
* There is an admission fee to enter the WGH show, which also includes other layouts, vendors and manufacturers.
 
Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club CLOSED FOR 2018-2019 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)
Information: We will not be holding open houses this year and would like to thank the people that who attended open houses for the past 40 years. Currently the building is undergoing major renovations and we plan to be back on board in a year. Please refer to the website about any changes or upcoming events that we may hold or attend.
Thanks from the Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club!
 
Saint Alban's Railroad Fellowship - STARR Admission Free - Donations Appreciated
Location: Saint Alban's Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Rd. Newtown Square, PA (Under Thrift Shop)
Website: http://www.StARR-MRC.org Scale: HO
Information: Layout fills 4000 square feet with 200 feet of 4 track mainline with working signals, 3 branch lines, large steel mill, coke plant, oil refinery, meatpacking plant, three working classification yards and a large passenger terminal. We use a car card system for freight and passenger operations that routes over 1100 pieces of equipment throughout the system. New layout construction this year. The layout is controlled by DCC with computer enhancement. Special layout with Thomas the Tank Engine for the kids to operate.
Open 1 - 4 p.m. on Nov. 17 & 18, Dec. 27 (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.), Dec. 29 & 30, Jan. 3 (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.), 12, 13, 26 & 27, Feb. 9, 10, 23 & 24.
 
 
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   -   August 2018-February 2019
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version 1.1 posted 2018-11-08