Visitors to the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center are enjoying the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Exhibit. The exhibit was placed for visitors to enjoy during the Festival of Trees and is staying longer for winter visitors to enjoy. Train enthusiasts will want to visit the home of the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad at 440 Nelson Street in Chambersburg. On display are 10 gauges of trains: In all, there are 3700 pieces of rolling stock; 1207 on the tracks and 2500 on display. There’s 909 square feet of HO, 501 of O and 120 of N. There are 35 gauge miles of HO track, 8- O scale miles and 10- N gauge miles. The space is filled with trains, as far as they eye can see and overhead.
Holiday hours are:
Dec. Sun 15th, Sun 22nd, Sat 28th
Jan. Sat 4th, Sun 12th, Sun 19th
Noon to 4 PM.
Make the holiday complete and visit. For details about the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, visit www.cvmrrc.com/ .
There is still a chance to enjoy the holiday open houses at the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club (CVMRRC), named for the Cumberland Valley Railroad which began operations in Chambersburg during 1837. Open from noon to 4 PM on Saturday, December 30, and Sundays, January 7 and January 14, the varied train display has ten gauges of trains and more than 55 trains running the rails.
Freight hobbyists, families, young and old can enjoy the imagination and creativity shown in the many displays. Displays include Jurassic Park, the beautiful countryside of Pennsylvania, an oil refinery, biker’s hangout, Bedrock quarry with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, Ninja Turtles, Paddington Bear, a lumber yard, plus Batman and Star Wars. Showcased are an operating Lego layout plus Thomas the Train with friends Lady, James, Gordon, Percy, Jeremy, Emily, Donald, Douglas, Hank, and Rosie.
Visitors are challenged to find Smokey Bear in the forest. Other hidden characters are Bugs, Daffy, Tasmanian Devil, plus Tom and Jerry. Admission to the open houses are free. Children receive coloring pages, and adults can enjoy complimentary train magazines.
The Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club is a membership organization, whose members share an interest in trains, train collecting, and train displays. Over the years, CVMRRC collected 3,700 pieces of rolling stock. In addition to the open house location at 440 Nelson Street in Chambersburg, CVMRRC maintains a display at Texas Lunch on Lincoln Way West and maintains the authentic boxcar at Norlo Park along Route 30 in Chambersburg. A special holiday display at Black Rose Antiques in the Chambersburg Mall can be viewed until mid-January.