Christmas Special - December 3 & 4, 2016
Trains are Running at Kempton
During this Holiday Special Weekend
(Saturday, Dec 3 and Sunday, Dec 4, 2016, the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad will be running trains in Coach Car
#72 from approximately 10:30 until about 4pm.
This Christmas Special weekend will be the final run for the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad for the 2016 season. Thank you for your patronage and we hope you enjoyed your visits. See you on the first Sunday in April, 2017.
The WK&S Excursion train runs every hour on the hour beginning at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday for the special Santa Claus weekend.
For this weekend, Reservations are required. Adults & Children (ages 3 & up) $10.00
Ages 2 & Under $2.00. See the WK&S web site for additional details.
The Schuylkill & Lehigh Model Railroad Club operates independently from the WK&S Railroad but follows a similar schedule. The Coach Car opens about 10:30pm on Saturday and Sunday until about 4:00pm during the Santa Claus Special Weekend. Visiting the Model Train layout is "free" although Good-Will donations are appreciated. Stop in and visit! The Schuylkill & Lehigh Model Railroad Layout is located directly behind the Kempton Station in Coach Car #72.
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!