Conshohocken residents welcome to check out nearby railroad club

January 5, 2014 by  

Following several popular open houses in November and December 2013, the Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club, in Phoenixville, near Conshohocken, will once again be opening its doors to the public.

The club will hold a series of open houses during the last three weekends in January. At the open houses, visitors are able to view the 1,000 square foot layout, which features 700 feet of track, scale buildings, and urban and country settings. The club’s theme is the Pennsylvania and Reading railroads, which ran in the Schuylkill Valley during the 1950s. The model railroad on display recreates the settings as realistically as possible.

The railroad club was started in 1968 by Bill Civitello and Jerry Powell. Today, it has more than 20 members, each of whom has their own interests and areas of specialization. For example, some club members focus on designing and building the scenery while others build the trains.

The club could opt to use brochure printers to promote the open houses and to encourage new members to join. The brochures can contain information on the club’s history and origins and explain the joys of model railroads to the curious.

The club uses model trains of 1:87, or HO, scale. Each train, building and component on the layout is one eighty-seventh the size of an actual train or building.

Admission to the open house is free of charge. The club will be open from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays on January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26, at 400 South Main street in Phoenixville.