Open House at Lynn Ratzell's on Sept 16


I am planning an open house for my garden railroad on Sunday September 16, 1 - 5 pm. Rain and travel has delayed this open house. If Florence causes more rain well then it just won't happen this year. But let's give it a try. 

I've added some features and modified the track since I last had an open house. The main line has a suspension bridge and a trestle. A second mainline has a 5%+ grade and 2 tunnels. Both lines are about 70 feet by 30 feet. There are also two shorter independent lines.

I'm in lower Nazareth Township off Georgetown Road,
My address is 4652 Oakwood Lane Nazareth, PA. 

The Death of Barbara Karkutt

Barbara I. Karkutt
March 24, 1939 - June 5, 2018
Born in Kingston, PA
Resided in Williams Township, PA

Barbara I. Karkutt, 79, of Williams Township, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in St. Luke’s Hospice House.


Born March 24, 1939 in Kingston, PA, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Virginia (Burton) Fowler.

Her husband of 40 years, David P. Miklean, passed away September 2, 2017.

Barbara last worked for Superior Consulting. Prior to that, she was employed by Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, as a systems analyst for over 20 years.

She graduated from Dunellen High School and attended Rutgers University.

Barbara ran for the U.S. Senate in the 1980’s as a Libertarian. She enjoyed gardening.

She was a member and former treasurer of the Lehigh Valley Garden Railroaders.

Surviving are five children, Deborah L. Michalek-Slinkosky and her husband William, of Holbrook, NY, Diana L. Wasem and her husband Keith, of Laurys Station, PA, David L. Michalek and his wife Diane, of Pensacola, FL, and Darren L. and Dennis L. Michalek, both of Easton; a sister, Nancy Caiazzo, of East Stroudsburg; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4pm Saturday in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Offer online condolences at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Hospice, Development Office, 801 Ostrum St., Bethlehem, PA 18015 or Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Attn: Development Office, 850 South 5th St., Allentown, PA 18103.

Death of Barbara Hollenbach

  Barbara Ann Hollenbach, of Perkasie, PA, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018, at Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Twp., PA.  She was 76.

            She was the wife of  LVGR member Nelson F. Hollenbach, Jr.  The couple had celebrated their 58th Wedding Anniversary on March 19, 2018.

            Born in Darby, PA, she was the daughter of the late Agustive E. Collins, and the late Florence (Maier) Barnhardt and her husband, the late Ralph Barnhardt.

            Mrs. Hollenbach was employed as a school bus driver for the Pennridge School District, Perkasie, driving Bus No. 51 for over 20 years until retiring in 1998.  Previously, she worked for EMICO at its Perkasie and Dublin, PA, locations.

            She was a member of St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sellersville, PA.

            Mrs. Hollenbach was a life and first female member of the Perkasie Fire Co. and the former Perkasie Ambulance Corps.  She taught American Red Cross First Aid and CPR over the years.  

            She was an active parent volunteer with her children’s drum corps groups. She was a member of the Perkasie Borough Parks & Recreation Board for many years, where she was also involved with the committee that founded the Perkasie Dog Park.  A member of the Red Hat Ladies Society, she was an avid doll collector and enjoyed making ceramics.

            Surviving with her husband are two sons, Dennis L. Hollenbach and his wife Anita, of Perkasie, and Dwyane L. Hollenbach and his wife Emily, of Pleasant Grove, UT; eight grandchildren, James Parsons, Jr., Faith Dieffenbach, Jason Hollenbach, Jessica Hollenbach, Julianna Hollenbach, Gabriel Hollenbach, Rebekah Hollenbach, and Benjamin Hollenbach; five great grandchildren; and two sisters, Denise Leo and her husband Steven, of Media, PA, and Deborah Shockley and her husband John, of Laurel, DE.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna L. Prisnock, on June 22, 2017.

            Her Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the Bernard Suess Funeral Home, 606 Arch Street, Perkasie, where family and friends may call from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.  Interment will be private.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Perkasie Fire Company,  P. O. Box 203, Perkasie, PA  18944.

            Arrangements are by the Bernard Suess Funeral Home, 606 Arch Street, Perkasie.

America on Wheels 10th Annivesary Banquet


On Monday May 7, Five members of the Lehigh Valley Garden Railroaders were privileged to participate in the America on Wheels Museum - 10th Anniversary Luncheon held at the NB Center in Allentown.

AOW annually hosts the Holiday Train Display of which LVGR is heavily involved with a huge tain display from Thanksgiving through New Year's.

The luncheon was set in the midst of antique cars, and was a delightful event. 

Thank you for the invitation!


LVGR and AOW Presents Checks to Local Hospices


Officers from the Lehigh Valley Garden Railroaders and the Staff of America On Wheels Museum recently presented checks to representatives of both St Luke's Hospice and Lehigh Valley Health Network Hospice.


The funds represent a portion of the proceeds of ticket sales during the 2017 Holiday Train Display at the AOW Museum located at Hamilton and Front Streets in Allentown.

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Each year the museum allows the LVGR club to designate recipients for the donation, and this year, after the recent deaths of a number of club members, LVGR choose these two dedicated hospice organizations. 

America On Wheels Holiday Display


2017 Holiday Train Display

November 24 through December 30, 2017
At America on Wheels Museum located at Hamilton and Front Streets in Allentown.

Enjoy the sounds, lights and action of many model trains stationed around the Museum’s Galleries.

Fun for Children and adults of all ages. America On Wheels Museum is a TOYS for TOTS drop-off site. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and it will be placed on the special truck for delivery to CHILDREN in NEED.

Click here to download the 2017 Holiday Train Rack Card

***Trains Running: Thursday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday Noon – 4pm


Well hard to believe that it is time for AOW again! But here it is. This year all the stuff is already on the elevator at AOW! We moved everything after the home show last week so it should not take long to move things to the room if we have enough people to help. Here is the info.

TUE: NOV 14 10:00AM

FRI NOV 24 10:00AM - 4:00PM
SAT NOV 25 10:00AM - 4:00PM
SUN NOV 26 12:00PM - 4:00PM

JAN  3 10:00AM - ?

Sat Jan 20 - we'll move all boxes from AOW display hall to elevator room

Tuesday Feb 27, we will load the truck at  as we get ready for the Home and Flowers Shows
 Any help is appreciated.


Home Show 2017

Well it's that time again for the LEHIGH VALLEY HOME SHOW at Ag HALL in the fairgrounds. We will rent a truck to move the stuff.  Barry will pick up the truck and meet everyone at the storage area WED 10/25 @ 10AM and load everything up. We will load all the AOW stuff as well. 

Wed Oct 25th 10am (MEET AT STORAGE AREA), 
Thu Oct 26th10am - 2pm; 
Fri Oct 10th10am - 2pm

SAT 10/28 10 am - 6 pm
SUN 10/29 10 am - 5 pm

SUN 10/29 5 pm - ? (LOAD TRUCK)

TUE 10/31: 11 am (time changed)

We need the help