Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Ceiling for Coach #72

In November, Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad Club Members installed a new ceiling in Coach #72, the home of the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad Layout.

This was accomplished at considerable expense, but cost were held in check as the installation was accomplished by club members. In addition to the ceiling, fans equipped with lights were also installed. The fans should circulate cool air in summer and warm air in winter makeing the Coach Car a comfortable place to observe model railroad trains in action. The new lighting arrangement also softens the glare from the over head floresient lights that are still in place but can be turned off during operating sessions.

The WK&S Excursion Train wrapped up its 2012 season with a "special" evening run on November 30th. And concluded the season with a "Santa Claus Special" on December 1 and december 2.

Great Turnout for the year-end sessions.

The Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad was in operation on all three of these dates as it too closed out its season for 2012.

Overall, it was a very succesful season for the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad Club and the members look forward to 2013 with Coach #72 sporting new carpet, new fans and new lighting. We can hardly wait for the 2013 season to begin!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Carpet for Coach #72, The Home of the Schuylkill & Lehigh Model Railroad Layout

Very recently the Schuylkill & Lehigh Model Railroad club installed new carpet in Coach #72.

Coach #72 is a historic coach that began life in 1889 on the Atlantic city Railroad.
Effective 1 April 1889 the Philadelphia and Reading Railway consolidated all of its railroads in Southern New Jersey into The Atlantic City Railroad.

The Atlantic City Railroad was a Philadelphia and Reading Railway subsidiary that became part of Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines in 1933. At the end of 1925 it operated 161 miles of road on 318 miles of track.

The new carpeting is of a supirior grade that should handle the wear and tear of foot traffic through the railroad layout for years to come.

The cost of the new carpet was covered by the generous donations of those that have viewed the layout over the years and have made a "Good Will" donation to help support the activities of the Schuylkill & Lehigh Railroad Club.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

New Photos Posted from 5-13-2012

New photos of a some trains that were running at the layout on May 13, 2012, were posted to the Schuylkill & Lehigh Model Railroad web site.. To check it out, click on this link:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


This is a new Blog created to promote the existence of the Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad. This model railroad is located in Coach #72 in Kempton, Pennsylvania; the site of the excursion train, The Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad. Yes, thats right, the layout is along one wall of an old passenger coach which sits on a siding behind the Kempton Train Station.

The model railroad operates every Sunday in the months of May, June and September. Trains run on Saturday and Sunday during july, August & October. The Schuylkill and Lehigh Model Railroad is open from 1PM - 4PM on the same days as the WK&S. Admission to the model railroad layout is "free" although Good-Will donations are accepted.

The S&L MRR has been in existence since the mid 1960's. The dedicated members manage, maintain, and operate the model railroad for the benefit of the general public and for our own enjoyment during the Spring and Summer months as well as into late October. We do this because we like kids and we like trains.

We hope you visit our Blog often and also be sure to check out our web site;

Hope to see you in Coach #72 soon!