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
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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.

Price Range: $

We're all decked out for the 2019 Holiday season. If you're passing down Linden Street or in the area of Bethlehem feel ...
12/02/2019

We're all decked out for the 2019 Holiday season. If you're passing down Linden Street or in the area of Bethlehem feel free to take a spin by to check out the lights at night.

In preparation for our steam weekend coming up this Sat and Sun (the 7th and 8th) here's a look back at some classic sho...
12/02/2019
Lehigh Valley Railroad by Donald W. Furler

In preparation for our steam weekend coming up this Sat and Sun (the 7th and 8th) here's a look back at some classic shots of Lehigh Valley steam action on the New York and Wyoming Divisions around the late 1930's-1940's from photographer Donald W. Fulrler archived in the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

Explore this photo album by Center for Railroad Photography & Art on Flickr!

If you’ve often wondered about the three of the largest Christmas symbols in the Lehigh Valley.
11/29/2019
lehighvalleylive.com

If you’ve often wondered about the three of the largest Christmas symbols in the Lehigh Valley.

What's your favorite sign of the season in the Lehigh Valley?

At a fraction of what the Hue lights cost we’ve discovered these Phillips Smart Wi-fi LED color bulbs at Home Depot an...
11/26/2019

At a fraction of what the Hue lights cost we’ve discovered these Phillips Smart Wi-fi LED color bulbs at Home Depot and have installed a few above Jim Thorpe and Florence. You can see they put out the same colors as the hue and an added bonus through programming in the Wiz App you can flip the colors through a regular light switch.

What kind of place would we be if we didn’t go all out for our upcoming open houses beginning on Black Friday November...
11/19/2019

What kind of place would we be if we didn’t go all out for our upcoming open houses beginning on Black Friday November 29th. After all this IS the Christmas City.

If Robert Stack were still alive we’d be looking for him right about now as we have an unsolved mystery. Some time bet...
10/27/2019

If Robert Stack were still alive we’d be looking for him right about now as we have an unsolved mystery. Some time between Wednesday and Thursday a good samaritan came along and painted our bench out front. Whoever you are we would just like to say thank you for the kindness.

PS, Just throwing it out there we’re going to be starting on a Holiday Light display next month we could use help with that too 😉

The flag still flies here.
10/27/2019

The flag still flies here.

Two more upgraded signals before and after with the new RR CirKits LED's located at Twelfth Street interlocking on the R...
10/13/2019

Two more upgraded signals before and after with the new RR CirKits LED's located at Twelfth Street interlocking on the Reading side.

10/11/2019

A comparison of the eastbound signal bridge at East Penn Junction after getting a repaint and the newer RR CirKits LED’s. This was the last signal bridge on the layout to get the upgrade as being a custom fit the whole thing had to be extricated and redone in one shot without disturbing traffic. Normally the old IHC signal bridge kits we have are prebuilt and as the old one is removed the new one dropped right in its place.

Since we installed a computer with internet in our common area the thought came up what if we could run the Train Stat p...
10/10/2019

Since we installed a computer with internet in our common area the thought came up what if we could run the Train Stat program on this computer and repeat it on some TV monitors for all the operators to see?
A little background info the Train Stat program it presents the status of trains in a tabular format, similar to a yard master or crew call screen as it shows real time OS locations and any special notations for trains on the layout.
A few quick pictures of the program running while our dispatcher was conducting the test.

Playing around and testing some lighting effects we’re using dimmer switches for the aisles to highlight the layout.
10/06/2019

Playing around and testing some lighting effects we’re using dimmer switches for the aisles to highlight the layout.

Lehigh Valley RR, Steam, Diesel, Passenger & Freight
10/03/2019

Lehigh Valley RR, Steam, Diesel, Passenger & Freight

10/02/2019
Lehigh and Keystone Valley September 2019 Operating Session

We had a film crew following us around during the September operating session, you'll get to watch the road freights roll and go behind the scenes with the dispatchers as they coordinate traffic (and deal with insanity) over the railroad.

Lehigh & Keystone operating session, September 2019.

09/25/2019
Historic Vessel Vega

Historic Vessel Vega

Pete Smith tipped me off to this 1943 film about how Great Lakes bulk carriers were unloaded. Since I have always been fasinated by huge machines I'm sharing it with you. These Hulett Unloaders were once a common sight along the shores of Lake Erie. They unloaded ore ships coming down from Lake Superior and the Iron Range. The Hulett was invented by George Hulett of Ohio in the late 19th century; he received a patent for his invention in 1898. These Huletts in Conneaut, Ohio, belonged to the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad. the B&LE hauled coal north and iron ore south to the Pittsburgh-area steel mills. If you ask me these gadgets look like something out of StarWars.

Barrowmore Model Railway Group
09/12/2019

Barrowmore Model Railway Group

Here is a first attempt at re-creating the image which has provided the inspiration for my recent signal gantry build (which is now fully finished and installed on Mauch Chunk. I am also reposting the original image with the kind permission of Morning Sun Books [taken by Charles Houser Sr, The Houser Collection from page 82 of Jersey Central Lines in Color Volume 2 by William J. Brennan].

It will need someone more skilled with a better camera to get closer to the prototype.

Metrotrails
09/11/2019

Metrotrails

Metrotrails Then and Now series: Penn Haven Planes and Penn Haven Junction, PA. The first railroad to pass through here was the Beaver Meadow Railroad, but it was destroyed by flooding in 1836, which necessitated the construction of the planes up Bald Mountain, first by Hazelton Railroad, then Beaver Meadow Railroad, for a high and dry route ten miles to the coal mines near Weatherly, Pennsylvania. After the abandonment of the Upper Division of the Lehigh Canal, as well as takeovers and mergers, Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley Railroad were the mainstays through Lehigh Gorge.
Today, Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway operates on some of the former LV trackage, and the CNJ is now Lehigh Gorge Trail in Lehigh Gorge State Park.
The first shot is mid 1800s with the plane intact. The second after the plane's abandonment, followed by a recent view on one of our hikes.

Metrotrails
09/10/2019

Metrotrails

Penn Haven Planes historic image, Lehigh Gorge PA.
These planes were constructed by two competing railroad companies when the Beaver Meadow Railroad, built 1836, was washed out along Quakake Creek.
Hazleton Railroad already had a line from Weatherly, at the end of the Beaver Meadow Railroad, ten miles further north. They constructed the first high and dry line atop the mountain with the planes to interchange with Lehigh Canal at Penn Haven after the Flood of 1841. Shortly after, Beaver Meadow Railroad constructed it's own parallel line and planes on the mountain, just south and west of those of the Hazleton Railroad.

We finally got the layout lighting hooked up underneath the new sections bringing the Easton and Phillipsburg area out o...
09/08/2019

We finally got the layout lighting hooked up underneath the new sections bringing the Easton and Phillipsburg area out of the darkness.

Another update on the back corner where the LV mains go into staging and CNJ stays outside.
09/04/2019

Another update on the back corner where the LV mains go into staging and CNJ stays outside.

Nesquehoning Historical Society
09/02/2019

Nesquehoning Historical Society

Mauch Chunk's Prospect Rock: Final Posting

In 1932, during a period of major road construction into and out of Mauch Chunk, most of Prospect Rock was removed. These views, from around 1990 show what little remained.

Nesquehoning Historical Society
09/02/2019

Nesquehoning Historical Society

Mauch Chunk's Prospect Rock Posting 4:

But Prospect Rock would not survive the progress of the town. In December of 1863 the LC&N constructed a railroad over the only southern road leading into Mauch Chunk along the side of the Lehigh River. To replace this road, Mansion House Hill was constructed in 1870. This required blasting through the middle of the famous rock. This view shows Mansion House Hill passing through the two parts of Prospect Rock-one small part is visible just to the right of the man standing on the Hill.

Nesquehoning Historical Society
09/02/2019

Nesquehoning Historical Society

Mauch Chunk's Prospect Rock: Posting 3

Soon the view from Prospect Rock was discovered by the many tourists flocking to the town to view the scenery of the Switzerland of America, and ride the famous Switchback Railroad.

Nesquehoning Historical Society
09/02/2019

Nesquehoning Historical Society

Mauch Chunk's Prospect Rock: Posting 1

The recent stabilization project on Jim Thorpe's Mansion House Hill has removed the final remains of a once-famous lookout over the Mauch Chunk Valley - Prospect Rock. If you stand on the recently opened Mansion House Pedestrian Bridge in Jim Thorpe and look towards Mansion House Hill, you can see where this rock once stood.

A quick signal upgrade on the signal bridge at “YG” from the surface mount to RR CirKits tri-color LED’s.
08/31/2019

A quick signal upgrade on the signal bridge at “YG” from the surface mount to RR CirKits tri-color LED’s.

The Milliken Generating Station (which we have modeled on the layout) to shut down after 64 years.
08/31/2019
End of an Era: Power plant shutting down after 64 years

The Milliken Generating Station (which we have modeled on the layout) to shut down after 64 years.

Originally called Milliken Station when it opened in 1955, the coal power plant on the shores of Cayuga Lake is ceasing power generation this afternoon, for good.

An update on the back corner at Hetchel, the fabricated mountain was installed and a rock cut built to hide the hole goi...
08/28/2019

An update on the back corner at Hetchel, the fabricated mountain was installed and a rock cut built to hide the hole going into the staging room.

This mountain is being fabricated to fill the hole in the back at Hetchel after the old one was torn out to allow access...
08/17/2019

This mountain is being fabricated to fill the hole in the back at Hetchel after the old one was torn out to allow access for the new construction.

In this aerial you can see at upper right LV’s East Penn Jct and connection with the Reading then Union Street just ab...
08/11/2019

In this aerial you can see at upper right LV’s East Penn Jct and connection with the Reading then Union Street just about center of the photo.

1965 photo of the Fourth Street Redevelopment Area, looking southeast, Allentown, PA.

Something new for operations, the installation of a push button box for switch control at the new and improved east end ...
08/04/2019

Something new for operations, the installation of a push button box for switch control at the new and improved east end of the Allentown Light Side.

A little work was completed at the east end of the Allentown Westbound Receiving Yard to make for a smoother transition ...
07/28/2019

A little work was completed at the east end of the Allentown Westbound Receiving Yard to make for a smoother transition around the curve and the addition of a Hack Track as well.

Lehigh Valley History
07/21/2019

Lehigh Valley History

Lehigh Valley Transit Co. sweeper at Third and South New Streets, Bethlehem, PA, 1952. Florsheim Shoes, George's Lunch Cafe.

The west end of Nesquehoning Jct and the Lehigh River bridge is finished just a little more to do by the tower and the s...
07/17/2019

The west end of Nesquehoning Jct and the Lehigh River bridge is finished just a little more to do by the tower and the scene will be complete.

An update on the Nesquehoning Jct area, it’s almost complete just needing a little more detail work and static grass o...
07/14/2019

An update on the Nesquehoning Jct area, it’s almost complete just needing a little more detail work and static grass on the yard portion.

Lehigh Valley History
06/29/2019

Lehigh Valley History

The building the of bracing on the Hill to Hill Bridge, Bethlehem, PA. The bridge was built between 1921-1924 and spans the Lehigh River.

An update at the west end of Nesquehoning Jct on detailing the Lehigh River bridge.
06/27/2019

An update at the west end of Nesquehoning Jct on detailing the Lehigh River bridge.

06/11/2019
knox mine disaster location and footage

knox mine disaster location and footage

Please like & subscribe to JP Videos This video shows the location of the knox mine disaster and shows how it looks today as well as footage from 1959. enjoy...

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!

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705 Linden St
Bethlehem, PA
18018

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(610) 868-7101

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