Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Schuylkill Valley Model Raildroad Club - Open House & a reminder!

2009 - 2010 Open House Information

Location: Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club
400 S. Main Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460

January 9 - 10, 2010

January 16 - 17, 2010

January 23 - 24, 2010

The club is open from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM for our open house sessions.

The Model

The SVRR is a ficticious railroad serving Eastern PA from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. There are four different railroads in the model:

SCHUYLKILL VALLEY - the mainline section between Philadelphia and Reading, which includes over 700 feet of track.

CARBON COUNTY & NORTHERN - A branchline to Allentown. This portion of the track was converted in 2004 to run Digital Command Control (DCC).

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA LOGGING COMPANY - A narrow-gauge coal and lumber railroad.

PHILADELPHIA HARBOR BELT RAILROAD - An industrial railroad serving the harbor area.

The railroad appears to have a double track main-line. This is an illusion forced by the need to limit the overall size of the layout to the available space. The railroad is a point-to-point layout with a single track main-line, which is folded back on itself, looking like a double-track main. You will see two trains passing each other, which would be miles apart in the real world.

Freight and passenger car trains can be seen rumbling over 700 feet of track, over high trestle bridges, through towns, around mountains, and through tunnels along the right-of-way from Reading to Philadelbhia. There are hundreds of buildings, vehicles, people, and trees which create realistic scenes on the 1000 square foot model.

The Details
Scale: HO
Layout Area: 1000 square feet
Prototype: Freelanced trunk-line
Period: Mid to late 50's
Locale: Southeastern & Central PA
Style: Single level point-to-point
Length of Main Line: 700 feet
Track Height: 42" to 53"
Max Grade: <3%
Yard & Industrial Turnouts: #4
Predominant Main Line Turnouts: #10
Minimum Radius: 20"
Construction Method: L-girder, cookie-cutter
Roadbed: Sealed Homasote
Scenery: Hardshell
Inter-Panel Communications: Hand wired phone system
Control: DCC block, DCC on CC&N branch, 14 panels

The Schuylkill Valley Railroad will never really be finished. We are always changing the areas and adding details to increase realism.

Visit the website for more information!



Come see our Christmas Village at Westridge in the basement of the Westridge Farmhouse (office).

The office is located at 970 Township Line Road, Phoenixville, PA
Over 300 square feet of display area

Over 150 lighted porcelain houses, trains and lots of other animation.

Our 12th year at Westridge!

“spectacular and inspiring” - The Phoenix

"miniature Engineering Marvel" - Daily Local News

"phenomenal" - The Mercury

Show Hours:

Saturday Jan 9, 2 to 4 p.m.

Sunday Jan 10, 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday Jan 16, 2 to 4 p.m.

Sunday Jan 17, 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information see our web site at:

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