Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August 6-7: Model trains re-create the Lehigh Valley

The Morning Call: Model trains re-create the Lehigh Valley

Musikfest is about music, but the Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum puts out the welcome mat to Bethlehem visitors during its annual Musikfest open house 2-5 p.m. Aug. 6-7 and 13-14 at 705 Linden St.

See a re-creation of the paths of the Lehigh Valley and Reading Railroads from New Jersey through the Lehigh Valley to mid-state in

the largest model train layout of its kind in eastern Pennsylvania. The museum has nearly 5,000 square feet of track that includes the historical operations of the railroads of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Lehigh & Hudson River, Central Jersey and the Reading Railroads circa 1950-1960.

New is a 200 feet extension that includes sections of Pittston, Coxton Yard, Emmaus and Reading. Look for the section depicting Bethlehem Steel in circa 1960-1970.

The Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Society hopes to recreate the entire rail system east to west from West Portal, NJ to Harrisburg and north to Sayre, Bradford County and has completed about 75 percent of the system.

Other highlights are the Allentown yard, Bethlehem engine terminal and Easton passenger station, as well as models of Sure-Fit Co. and HAB industries.

Admission is $7; free, under age 12. Info:

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