Friday, October 31, 2014

George's Visit to the Lehigh and Keystone Valley Model Railroad Club

During my trip to the Northeast earlier this month, I visited with Chris of RLS Trains, which is housed in the Lehigh and Keystone Valley (L&KV) Model Railroad Museum in Bethlehem, PA. The museum features a 5,000 sq. foot double-decked layout that duplicates the paths of the Lehigh Valley and Reading Railroads from West Portal, NJ, through the Lehigh Valley to Reading, PA.

One of the members, Lou, was kind enough to spend a few moments to show me around this amazing layout, which has over 7,000 feet of track. The scenery on the layout is about 80% complete with many scratchbuilt bridges and well-detailed buildings modeled from photos of actual structures around the Lehigh Valley area. The Allentown Yard alone is a sight to see with two fully operational hump yards!

The railroad club was formed in 1994 and started this layout in 1996. They converted it to DCC in 2005. The railroad was also featured in the September 2013 issue of Model Railroader Magazine.

If you are in the Bethlehem or Allentown, PA area, or looking for a layout to visit a short drive from Philadelphia, be sure to see the L&KV. You will not be disappointed!

For more information, visit or call (610) 868-7101. Also be sure to check out the L&KV YouTube channel to see the railroads in action. For even more photos of their amazing work and updates, go to the L&KV Model Railroad Museum's Facebook page.

They are open to the public on the third Sunday of every month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.

Lehighton engine servicing area
Bethlehem Steel Coke Works at Saucon Yard
Downtown Quakertown along the Reading Bethlehem Branch
Ludlowville Power Plant
Reading Line in Harrisburg, PA

West Lehighton