Holiday Season Model Railroad Open Houses
November 2013-March 2014
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|Abington Lines Model Railroad Club|
|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 villages, 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 12-4pm on Dec. 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 28 & 29, Jan. 4 & 5, 11 & 12, Feb. 1 & 2, 8 & 9.|
|Burlington County Model Railroad Club|
|Location: Basement (right side), Burl. Co. Footlighters Playhouse, 808 Pomona Rd, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077|
|Phone: (856) 733-0010||Website: http://www.bcmrrc.org||Scale: HO|
|Information: We call our miniature railroad the Rancocas Valley Lines, which is appropriate for this area. We represent portions of a 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. Come and see the progress on our expansion project, more than doubling our layout!|
|Open 12-5pm on Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, Dec. 7 & 8, Dec. 28 (Sat. only), Jan. 4 & 5, 11 & 12, Feb. 8 & 9, 15 & 16.|
|Coopersburg Area Society of Model Engineers - C.A.S.M.E.|
|Location: Basement of Borough Building, 5 North Main St., Coopersburg, PA 18036|
|Phone: (215) 538-0501||Website: http://www.casme.org||Scale: HO|
|Information: The members are building an expansive multi-level layout, portions of which loosely portray the old Reading RR Bethlehem branch. Approximately 10 trains will operate over the double-track main line using DCC control. Scenery is in full swing and the major bench work is complete. Admission by donation.|
|Open 12-5pm on Dec. 7 & 8, 14 & 15, Jan. 4 & 5, 11 & 12.|
|Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club|
|Location: 8000 Old York Rd. (Route 611) Elkins Park, PA 19027 (located in the old train station)|
|Phone:(215) 635-9747||Website: http://www.cheltenhillsmrr.org||Scale: HO|
|Information: Come join us for our 67th year! Come see the 1750 feet of track, the 300 car freight yard and the steam and diesel engine facility. Our operating lift bridge allows trains to cross between parts of the layout. Our modern control system allows us to run 6 to 8 long trains with realistic sound; sometimes very long ones. We also switch cars in the main yard and among custom-made buildings. We can provide wheelchair accessibility by appointment. Please call any Thursday evening to schedule this access.|
|Open 12-4pm on Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, Jan. 4 & 5, 18 & 19; snow dates Jan. 25 & 26.|
|Location: Dublin TEC Center, Suite 216, Rear Entrance, 123 N. Main St. (Rt. 313), Dublin, PA New Location!|
|Website: http://www.keystonentrak.us||Scale: N scale|
|Information: Keystone is a modular N Scale club modeling to N-Trak international standards. This enables each member's modules to link up and form model layouts 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 p.m.|
|Open 11am to 4pm on Nov. 23 & 24, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Jan. 4 & 5, Jan. 11 & 12.|
|Logan Model Engineers|
|Location: Souderton Train Station, 2nd Floor, Rear Entrance, Main & Broad Sts. (Rt 113), Souderton, PA|
|Phone: 267-474-3235||Website: http://www.loganmrr.com||Scale: HO|
|Information: Double track mainline through mountain scenery, freight and passenger yards, with multiple trains running simultaneously. Featuring a logging switchback that guests may operate, and long freight drags of up to 80-100+ cars; friendly club members to answer your railroad questions.|
|Open 12-4pm on Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 6 & 7, Jan. 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 17 & 18.|
|Royersford Modular Model Railroaders|
|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.|
|Dates to be announced at Phoenixville YMCA, 400 East Pothouse Road, Phoenixville, PA
See club web site for updates.
|Dec. 14 & 15 (10AM-4PM) Greenberg's Show at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Drive, Oaks, PA.
Note: The parking and traffic have been dramatically improved in the time since this facility opened.
|Jan. 18 & 19 (Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5) World' Greatest Hobby on Tour at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Drive, Oaks, PA.|
|The February Greenberg Show in Reading has been cancelled, due to the closing of the facility where the show was to be held. Check the club web site for any possible change of venue.|
|There are admission fees to enter the Greenberg and WGH shows.|
|Open: See web site for additional details of dates, times and locations.|
|Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club|
|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: Scale model trains run through realistic wooded Pennsylvania scenery featuring logging, bridges, tunnels and Tony the Tank Engine on the Philadelphia to Reading point-to-point system. There are 4 different railroads depicted on a 1,000 square-foot layout. Hundreds of buildings, vehicles, figures and trees create realistic scenes. Great for kids of all ages. Numerous buttons allow visitors to bring scenes to life!|
|Open 1-5pm on Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, Dec. 7 & 8, Jan. 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26|
|Saint Alban's Railroad Fellowship - StARR|
|Location: Saint Alban's Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Rd. Newtown Square, PA (Under Thrift Shop)|
|Website: http://www.StARR-MRC.org||Scale: HO|
|Information: Modular layout fills 4000 square-foot area with 200 feet of 4 track mainline with working signals, 3 branch lines, steel mill, coke plant, oil refinery, and three working classification yards. We have a unique custom waybill system for freight and passenger operations that routes over 1000 pieces of equipment throughout the system. A large variety of roads and eras are featured. The layout is controlled by DCC with computer enhancement. Thomas the Tank engine & friends run here for kids.|
|Open 1-4pm on Nov. 2, Dec. 28 & 29, Jan. 4 & 5, 18 & 19, Feb. 1 & 2, 15 & 16.|
|Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers (BDSME)|
|Location: 902 East Macada Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017|
|Website: http://www.bdsme.org||Scales: HO, O, On30, S|
|Information: The Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers have two 2 floors of sleek passenger trains and powerful freight trains in continuous operation. The first-floor (650-square-foot) layout features models in O, On30 and S scale, ranging from the steam trains of the glory days of railroading to the mighty diesels of today. Prototypical sights, sounds and signals enhance the display. Visitors can even operate specific accessories.
The second-floor (800-square-foot) HO scale display has a multitude of trains in operation, including a loaded coal train of more than 100 cars, powered by multiple diesel locomotives for its winding through mountain scenery. A miniature trolley travels between a village and a distant amusement park with operating rides and an operating ski lift. Visitors can operate the park train, too.
We suggest those with children under 40 inches tall bring a step stool to make it easier for them to see the displays. Tables of pre-owned trains, structures, accessories and books are for sale, and there is ample parking.
|Open 2-5pm on Dec. 7 & 8, 14 & 15, Jan. 4 & 5, 11 & 12.|
|Pequea Valley Model Railroaders|
|Location: Paradise Township Municipal Building, 2 Township Drive, Rear Entrance, Paradise, PA 17562|
|Website: http://www.gartrain.com/PVMRPARADISE2012-2013.html||Scales: HO, O, S|
|Information: Pequea Valley Model Railroaders will be open to the public, and running at LEAST 11 trains on THREE layouts during the shows. We ARE handicap accessible. The Paradise Lions will be offering "lite fare."|
|A video from last year's show can be seen HERE|
|Open 1-4 pm on Nov. 30 and Saturdays & Sundays thru Jan. 19. Also open 1-5 pm on Dec. 26. The Township Christmas Tree Lighting should be Sunday Dec. 1st.|
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 the club whether their shows will run as scheduled.
Holiday Season Model Railroad Open Houses - November 2013-March 2014
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version 2.0 posted 2013-Oct-01