Patcong Valley Model Railroaders
Since moving into our new building in Richland in 2004-2005, The Patcong Valley Railroad has grown leading up to 2019 and expanded the original layout in many areas after the original construction was nearing completion over the first ten year span.
Over the past year the members have began construction of a large area that represents a Pennsylvania Steel Mill and associated industry buildings. Currently this is an area of new construction after we tore down the old control tower which was rendered obsolete many years ago when we converted to DCC. It is turning out to be another highlight on our current layout.
Weehawken City is finally completed and the progress will be visible at this years open house shows.
The streets and buildings are very authentic and scale trolley track has been laid in the streets. Many details have been added to the city and surrounding area and a new tunnel runs under the city complete with a visible station through a cut out under the city streets.
A scratchbuilt Circus tent display, with vintage roots back to a Camden YMCA Model RR from the 1960's, is now a centerpice attraction next to the city area.
Small towns including a fishing village now skirt the city along with a baseball field and a beach scene complete with amusements and a lighthouse.
An operating Drive-In movie screen, complete with period intermission cartoons displayed on the LCD screen in the drive-in, has also been installed.
The water on the harbor area looks like its real, and more water vessels and barges have been scratchbuilt and added, including a seaplane!
The fishing village includes a boat builders boat ramp similar to many in the Jersey shore area where we reside.
Thanks to the dedicated members that brought you the Old Patcong Valley layout on Fire Road in Egg Harbor Township NJ, and some new talented members as well; our new layout has been running since September 2007. In December 2008 much planning took place and over the last 11 years the scenery has progressed and the layout of the final section has reached completion.
Now we find ourselves going back and revamping some of the original construction to improve the overall look and appearance of the railroad, and add more senic elements to realistically operate our railroad all year long..
Membership is open to newcomers and we are always interested in hearing from scale modelers young and old interested in joining a scale model railroad club on the move...