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Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad Closed for the Season

The Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad is closed for the season. The model trains will be running again on Sunday, May 7, 2017 and every Sunday thereafter until the end of October, 2017. Special weekend runs will be held on Saturday and Sunday, the first weekend in November ('Kids Weekend') and again the first weekend in December, 2017 ('Santa Claus Weekend').

We hope to see you in the spring!



Merry Christmas

The Members of the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad Club wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Everything is shut down for the year. We hope to see you when we open in the Spring, on the first Sunday in MAY, 2017.

The Schuylkill and Lehigh Railroad Club is dedicated to building, maintaining and operating a model train layout inside an actual 19th century passenger car (Coach Car #72) at the home of the WK&S Excursion Railroad located in Kempton, Pennsylvania.

The actual Schylkill and Lehigh Railroad was chartered in 1880 and operated over the same trackage as the WK&S does today. The Schuylkill and Lehigh ceased independent operations in 1923. The Schuylkill and Lehigh was acquired by the Reading Line and became the Schuylkill & Lehigh Branch of the Reading Railroad.

The coach car that contains the layout was an Atlantic Coast line coach car #72 built in 1889. The coach was later sold to the Ironton Railroad and converted to a tool car; windows were boarded up, seats removed, etc. In 1963 it was sold to the WK&S Railroad and moved to Kempton, Pennsylvania. It was initially utilized as a static museum car. Over the years it was used to display various railroad memorabilia. In the early 1970's, the WK&S invited a group of men to create an HO gauge model train layout inside the coach car. The Schuylkill & Lehigh Model Railroad Club was created as a result of that request. Construction of an HO model train layout began in the coach car about 1973 and the innaugural running of model trains began the spring of 1974. Today the coach car continues to serve as the home of the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad Club.

The layout is a loose representation of the Schuylkill And Lehigh Branch of the Reading Railroad. The layout was originally built in the early 1970's and has been evolving since that time. There is no admission fee to visit and enjoy enjoy the model train layout but a good-will donation is accepted and appreciated. Each year, with the help of visitor's good-will donations, the club's dedicated members replace old track with new track, install new switches, new model structures, scenery and up dates to operating equipment as needed.

In August of 2012, the club purchased and installed new carpeting. The color scheme of the carpeting was selected to closely resemble the Schuylkill & Lehigh colors and to handle the wear and tear of frequent visitors passing through the coach car during each season. The following year the club members installed a new ceiling. In 2015 railings were added to the stairs at each end of the coach car and repairs were made to the platform at the north end of the car.

Watch for the seasonal opening of the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad the first Sunday in May of each year. Hope to see you then!

 

When you visit the WK&S Railroad, be sure to stop by our model railroad layout in the coach car immediately behind the WK&S Train Station.

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