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Welcome to the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad at Kempton, PA.

 

Easter Bunny Express

The WK&S Railroad will be operating a Special Easter Bunny Express

on April 8th & 9th, 2017

Train departs at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. each day

Advance Reservations are Required

Check out the WK&S web site for details:

WK&S Railroad

 

The Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad will be open and running model trains on Saturday and Sunday, April 8th & 9th, 2017, in conjunction with the WK&S' Easter Bunny Express.

The Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad layout is located in the Coach car #72 directly behind the WK&S Ticket Booth.

Don't let your kids miss the fun; an excursion train ride, Easter egg hunt and a model train exhibit!

 

Regular Sunday Schedule begins May 7, 2017

The Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad Club's regular season for 2017 begins on Sunday, May 7th. We follow the same schedule as the WK&S Railroad. Model trains will be running on the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model train layout every Sunday, beginning May 7th through the last Sunday in October. The layout is located in coach car #72 directly behind the WK&S ticket window. The model train laout will open each Sunday at about 12:30 p.m. and trains will operate throughout the day until approximately 5 p.m. The S&L model train layout will also be open on special occassions including special weekends in November and December. Check the web site often for these dates.



The Schuylkill and Lehigh Model 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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