Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum

Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum This is the official page for the Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum. Featured in the September 2013 Model Railroader publication this layout is nearly 5000 square feet of double decked construction with the railroads of Western NJ and NEPA

Opened in 1996 the Lehigh and Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum features the railroads of the Lehigh Valley PA and Western NJ on a double deck layout in nearly 5000 square feet of construction. Railroads included are: Lehigh Valley from West Portal (Asbury), NJ to Pittston, PA Central of New Jersey from Phillipsburg, NJ to Ashley, PA Reading from Allentown, PA to Quakertown and Harrisburg, PA We are open to the public on the THIRD Sunday of every month from 2 PM to 5 PM. Tickets are $7 for Adults and Children under 12 are free.

Mission: To preserve the railroad history of the Lehigh Valley.

05/28/2019
Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc.

Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc.

Dear Model Railroaders,

I would like to address the issue of the possibility of trade tariffs in regard to the model railroad industry. There have been some erroneous reports about tariffs that have allegedly been applied to model railroad products being imported from China, and other misinformation that unfortunately leads to misleading and increased confusion in this, at times, complex subject.

First and foremost, as of Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019, no decision has been made regarding implementation of tariffs by the US government on the balance of approximate $300 billion dollars in export trade with China, the large part being consumer goods that include model railroad products. According to US Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, “no decision will be made for the next 30-45 days”.

During this time President Trump and China President Xie are scheduled to meet in Japan at the end of June, where trade negotiations may or may not be decided to continue. In the meantime, an exclusionary process is being set up which allows a procedure for deciding if any product will be granted an exclusion from the tariff increase which could be up to 25%.

Atlas will do its best to keep all our customers informed of any news and possible company policy changes in accordance with confirmed facts as they occur.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of the great hobby of model railroading.

Sincerely,

Tom Haedrich,
Executive Chairman,
Atlas Model Railroad Co Inc

A little updates being made to the remaining repeater boards for the Helix area. New ones being made with additional inf...
05/26/2019

A little updates being made to the remaining repeater boards for the Helix area. New ones being made with additional information and larger print for operators to see better.

05/26/2019

Just a reminder if you ARE planning on attending the “Op Til You Drop” on Saturday June 8th PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU ARE ATTENDING ON THE EVENT PAGE. This will help us plan better on how much food we need to supply for the masses during the cookout portion.

Thanks!

We’ve got the grill fired today as a dry run to get things ready for the big Op Til You Drop on June 8th.
05/26/2019

We’ve got the grill fired today as a dry run to get things ready for the big Op Til You Drop on June 8th.

05/22/2019
Nesquehoning Historical Society

Nesquehoning Historical Society

Historical Society Announces Upcoming Events

A special lecture and book signing event, entitled: “The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company’s Room Run Railroad” will be presented on Saturday, May 25th at 1 PM at the Nesquehoning Historical Society. Local author and historian, Vince Hydro will be discussing the history of the original railroad that was built along Railroad street in Nesquehoning.

The "Room Run" railroad was constructed to transport coal to the loading docks in Jim Thorpe. The coal industry was an important key in helping to fuel the growing economy of Pennsylvania in the early and mid 1800's.

Saturday's event will be the second in a two part series on the Room Run railroad. Hydro's first presentation was delivered on Monday evening to a crowd of 79 members and visitors in the auditorium of the Nesquehoning Historical Society. Several audience members engaged with Hydro during the Question and Answer period after the main presentation.

Following the Monday lecture, Hydro autographed copies of his latest book, "The Room Run Gravity Railroad", for members and guests. Hydro is also the author of an earlier volume, published in 2002, entitled "The Mauch Chunk Switchback: America’s Pioneer Railroad".

The regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at 6 PM. The meeting will be devoted to a discussion of business planning and fundraising for the summer months.

The Nesquehoning Historical Society is located at the Corner of Ratcliff and Railroad in Nesquehoning. There is ample parking in the adjacent lot. All events are open to the public and free of charge, but donations to support the Nesquehoning Historical Society are gratefully accepted.

For those who would like to officially join the Society, the dues are $10 per year. Dues may be paid in person at at any meeting or may be mailed by check or money order to the Nesquehoning Historical Society at 157 West Railroad Street, Nesquehoning PA 18240.

Out and about after watching the Martin Tower fall? Come check us out we’re open to the public today from 2pm to 5pm.
05/19/2019

Out and about after watching the Martin Tower fall? Come check us out we’re open to the public today from 2pm to 5pm.

It's over: Martin Tower has fallen. Did you hear the blast?

This Sunday we say farewell to a Lehigh Valley icon.
05/17/2019

This Sunday we say farewell to a Lehigh Valley icon.

My parents and I picked up this guidebook to Bethlehem Steel's new headquarters in the Martin Tower building during a public tour after its grand opening in 1973. I never dreamt that it would be gone less than half a century later.

05/14/2019
Chasing the Richards Drill

We're on the Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad to follow the Richards Drill with one of the "Blisters" as power. The chase starts at Bethlehem then we'll catch up to him at Bloomsbury to work the local industries and run around before heading back west to Allentown.

We're on the Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad to follow the Richards Drill with one of the "Blisters" as power. The chase starts at Bethlehem then we'...

04/21/2019
Ironton Railroad

Ironton Railroad

A slideshow history of the Ironton Railroad with film clips from George Legler.

04/12/2019

The “Open House” scheduled for Sunday April 21st has been cancelled due to the Easter holiday.
We apologize for any inconveniences.

04/10/2019
L&KV RR Lehigh & Keystone Valley RR Flyover

L&KV RR Lehigh & Keystone Valley RR Flyover

Lehigh & Keystone Valley model railroad museum located in Bethlehem PA It’s a 4500 sq ft HO scale layout featuring railroads that ran through the Lehigh Vall...

03/28/2019
2018 L&KV holiday train show

2018 L&KV holiday train show

Some scenes with railroad with modern trains and trains dates back between the 1960s and 70s.

Metrotrails
03/26/2019

Metrotrails

Metrotrails Then and Now Series: Historic early 1900s postcard image of Union Square, Phillipsburg, New Jersey, with trolley tracks at the end of Northampton Street still in place, compared to an August 2018 view on one of our trips.
The Easton-Washington Traction Company ran trolleys as far as Port Murray, and it was planned to continue east, but unwilling sellers of land thwarted the operation, and trolley fever soon died. The old trolley shops can still be seen near the end of North Main Street.

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
03/21/2019

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

#ThrowbackThursday Can you identify this location?

Lehigh Valley westbound JB-3 is greeted by the morning rays as they skirt the Susquehanna River through Falls, PA. At th...
03/16/2019

Lehigh Valley westbound JB-3 is greeted by the morning rays as they skirt the Susquehanna River through Falls, PA. At the rate they're going they'll make it for the tail end of breakfast at the diner in Sayre.

More work on the retaining wall and CNJ flyover the LV at Coalport.
03/12/2019

More work on the retaining wall and CNJ flyover the LV at Coalport.

The Martin Tower's life will come to an end soon. At one time this skyscraper housed the world headquarters of Bethlehem...
03/07/2019
The Morning Call

The Martin Tower's life will come to an end soon. At one time this skyscraper housed the world headquarters of Bethlehem Steel.

It looks like an implosion will be used to bring down Bethlehem's Martin Tower. And it could happen as early as the end of April.

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
03/07/2019

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Today's throwback photo is of the Wahnetah Hotel. First named the Onoko Tavern, it was built in 1885 to accommodate the many visitors to the Glen Onoko area on the east bank of the Lehigh River.

The spacious four-story hotel, later renamed the Wahnetah Hotel, contained 47 elegantly decorated rooms, a large dining room and an 84-foot bar. Room rates were $8 per week, and meals cost 50 cents. Read more about it in this archived mcall article: http://articles.mcall.com/1999-09-23/news/3258483_1_lehigh-gorge-lehigh-river-tourists #throwbackthursday

03/02/2019
Model Rail Scotland

Model Rail Scotland

Mauch Chunck PA - winner of best visiting layout 2019 by Barrowmore model railway group

It was a good idea to create a broad line schematic for operators to look over ahead of time and follow if needed during...
03/01/2019

It was a good idea to create a broad line schematic for operators to look over ahead of time and follow if needed during operations to get acquainted with the new railroad in service.

We’re getting our affairs in order in terms of paperwork to start up operations, stay tuned we should have the announc...
02/27/2019

We’re getting our affairs in order in terms of paperwork to start up operations, stay tuned we should have the announcement and event created for the April session by the end of today.

A new historical artifact on display just about the area where it stood in relation to the layout (well opposite side of...
02/22/2019

A new historical artifact on display just about the area where it stood in relation to the layout (well opposite side of PA Route 412 which is shown against the wall in the back on the upper level) this is the PB&NE Didier station sign which you can see hanging up in a shot from the Morning Sun book “Bethlehem Steel Company Railroad Operations Volume I”.

Barrowmore Model Railway Group
02/22/2019

Barrowmore Model Railway Group

Some new upgrades with the expansion, first two new repeater boards so operators can stay on the outside of staging as t...
02/20/2019

Some new upgrades with the expansion, first two new repeater boards so operators can stay on the outside of staging as their trains wrap through from Lehighton to Hetchel then the addition of home signals for M&H Junction and an automatic between there and Laurel Run.

Inside staging the last bit of rail was laid for the Oxbow curve and M&H Junction. Essentially this completes the Mauch ...
02/15/2019

Inside staging the last bit of rail was laid for the Oxbow curve and M&H Junction. Essentially this completes the Mauch Chunk expansion in terms of trackwork.

The interlocking signals at Hetchel are officially complete and functioning. Since the eastbound Valley signals won’t ...
02/15/2019

The interlocking signals at Hetchel are officially complete and functioning. Since the eastbound Valley signals won’t be visible the repeater board was constructed so operators don’t have to crawl in and out to see.

Meanwhile on the outside C&S was diligently working to get Hetchel’s track circuits working. A success as you can see ...
02/14/2019

Meanwhile on the outside C&S was diligently working to get Hetchel’s track circuits working. A success as you can see the track occupancy light on the laptop screen which is remoted into the CTC computer.

M&H Junction is beginning to come to life.
02/14/2019

M&H Junction is beginning to come to life.

2019 L&KV OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE
02/12/2019

2019 L&KV OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

What will become the rarely seen view of Hetchel looking eastbound from the hill side.
02/12/2019

What will become the rarely seen view of Hetchel looking eastbound from the hill side.

A completed module now in its final resting place.
02/11/2019

A completed module now in its final resting place.

All in a days work, the Ox Bow curve’s benchwork finishes and painted.
02/10/2019

All in a days work, the Ox Bow curve’s benchwork finishes and painted.

Well that didn’t take very long at all to make the template for the Ox Bow Curve.
02/10/2019

Well that didn’t take very long at all to make the template for the Ox Bow Curve.

This’s is the first part of the “Ox Bow” curve that will bring the railroad in from Hetchel to loop around to the ...
02/10/2019

This’s is the first part of the “Ox Bow” curve that will bring the railroad in from Hetchel to loop around to the staging entrance at M&H Jct.

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
02/08/2019

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Yesterday's view in Jim Thorpe by Eric Brannon. A little history about the CNJ PASSENGER STATION AND FREIGHT HOUSE -

The Central Railroad of New Jersey Station, also known as the Jersey Central Station and Jim Thorpe Station was designed by Wilson Brothers & Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and built in 1888. It is a 1 ½-story, five bay, red brick building in the Queen Anne style. It features a 3 ½-story, cylindrical corner tower with a cylindrical roof. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 1, 1976.

More history about the Trail Town of Jim Thorpe and the Scenic Railroad found here: http://www.lgsry.com/history/

Several things going on tonight, on the layout a temporary connection is being made to connect the CNJ to Hetchel so a s...
02/07/2019

Several things going on tonight, on the layout a temporary connection is being made to connect the CNJ to Hetchel so a show loop can be created then in the CTC room we have I.T. People setting up a new 4x2 monitor display for the computer.

Mauch Chunk, Summit Hill, & Switch-Back Railroad
02/06/2019

Mauch Chunk, Summit Hill, & Switch-Back Railroad

Views of Mauch Chunk from the 1860s and 1870s.

It’s getting to be that time of the year again to start up operations. It’s a small lull in construction so we’re ...
02/04/2019

It’s getting to be that time of the year again to start up operations. It’s a small lull in construction so we’re starting to go around and make up the train consists for the start up anticipated in April.

Going for historical accuracy here, as compared to a photo in Morning Sun’s CNJ Volune IV the Pennsylvania Division.
01/28/2019

Going for historical accuracy here, as compared to a photo in Morning Sun’s CNJ Volune IV the Pennsylvania Division.

Time to drop the signals for Hetchel.
01/28/2019

Time to drop the signals for Hetchel.

The Hetchel module taking shape.
01/26/2019

The Hetchel module taking shape.

01/21/2019
Coal Miner Lovers

Coal Miner Lovers

Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Mining - Coal Miner Lovers
#coal #coalmining #coalminer #coalminerlovers
Source: JKENNED4

A coating of snow fell in the Lehigh Valley during the overnight partially covering the newest module with more on the w...
01/18/2019

A coating of snow fell in the Lehigh Valley during the overnight partially covering the newest module with more on the way for the weekend.

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