Thank You for visiting the website of our Model Railroad which is located in Southern New Jersey and open to the public around the Christmas holidays in Decemeber and January. We also open on November 18th this year to honor National Model Railroad Month.
Here is some 2017 News:
Come out for our 2017 open houses in November, December, and January of 2017-2018 this season.
The trains will be running on a toatal of 6 weekends thru January 2018 plus on November 18th. See the schedule page for details.
There has been significant improvements to the track and now sections of the railroad have authentic PRR signals installed to govern the flow of trains. The digital control of the trains also enhances the realism of our railroad that allows multiple trains to run in both directions of the railroad at the same time.
Members have been hard at work all year making changes to the railroad and further completion of some of the best scenery improvments to our railroad to this date.
The members of the Patcong Valley Model RR are making changes to the layout to allow more trains to be run in seperate areas on the layout and construction has progressed further and continues this year on the last remaining large section of unfinished scenery on the layout. This area is reminisent of Weehawken NJ, in the 1950's, and the city scenery and surrounding waterfront areas are some of the most interesting places to view on the entire railroad.
The new city scene that is still is under construction during the 2017 open house season includes the following highlights: A circus tent with details inside that are visbible with a cut away tent, this has been part of the Patcong Valley club display for over 35 years. A Drive-In movie with period intermission cartoons programmed into the movie that actually plays on the screen, an amusement park, a little league baseball field with a game in progress, a light house, a fishing village with boat repairs on shore and a seaplane and more!
Come out and see this great new area on our layout!
The city was designed to be built off the layout to allow much attention to detail and to construct the detailed trolley system which runs thru the city streets. The entire section has been replaced onto the layout and the scenery was created to tie it into the entire rear section in that area that is being developed.
See the link on the sidebar for dates and hours to view our display. Much progress has been made with track improvements and other and areas of interest on the layout.
More detailed working Pennsylvania RR style signal bridges have been added to a large portion of the layout, with more installations to come. We are bringing our railroad to new level of operating realism.
Please come see us in the fall and winter during our open house schedule!
Here are some year round tips for seeing our railroad:
We will be open on a limited basis on select weekends thru the Spring, Summer and Fall according to the Bueana Vista township special events schedule. If we are open the hours will usually be from 10am - 2pm on Saturday.
You can also come by early on any Saturday and we will be glad to let you see the RR while members are at work on it. (Trains are not running at these Saturday work sessions.)
Here is a little history about our group:
We are proud to have been formed as a model railroad club over 50 years ago!
Patcong Valley Society of Model Railroaders date back to the 1950’s where the original railroad was built in a chicken coop in a member’s back yard in Linwood NJ on Patcong Avenue. Following that period, members met in each other home until the early 1960’s. A second railroad was built on the second floor of a drug store in Ocean City NJ. Finally in 1968, the club moved into an old horse barn on Dick Schiereck’s property in Egg Harbor Township off Fire Road Near Atlantic City NJ. This was renovated over the years to house a large museum quality HO Scale railroad that was enjoyed by thousands of visitors over the Holidays each year from that time till we made our next move.
Currently, the PVRR is being rebuilt in an old sewing factory on route 40 in Richland NJ.
The Club has been involved in a rebirth of the area along Rt 40 that is rich with railroad and cultural history. Many projects are underway at this time that are transforming this area into a destination stop rather than a whistle stop, as many cars pass thru this area to and from Atlantic City Area Beaches and Casinos.
The members of the Patcong Valley are hard at work at creating another high quality HO scale model railroad that will be open to the public for the holidays and on other special occasions just like the club was at their old location in Egg Harbor Township NJ.
The Club is seeking experienced members to help us build and operate this large DCC layout.
Take a tour around our website and contact us for more information, and send us your email address to be contacted when our show schedule is updated.
Our last years Open House was entertaining to many who visited us. See the links in the left column of this website page for a schedule of future open house dates during the holidays and special events at the Richland Village Site.