Frank Mummey’s open house this weekend.

"Due to the thunderstorms forecast for Saturday afternoon, we are opting to use the Sunday (Sept 15) rain date for our "Open Yard" outdoor train display visitation.

The time period will now be 1 - 4 PM.

Both solid and liquid refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon”.

Frank says they will have 6 loops (inc. one trolley line) running on a mid-50s to mid-70s themed layout, and possibly 2 additional loops running on a secondary late-1800s western themed layout.

Their address is 4837 S. Cypress Dr. Walnutport 18088. This is just off of Route 248 (Lehigh Drive).

Here’s a peek at Frank and Cheryl’s layout.

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Photos from Bethlehem Rose Garden Farmer's Market Sept 7th

LVGR set up a small display at the Bethlehem Rose Garden Farmer’s Market on a beautiful September 7th.

Lynn and Paul laid down a large loop in the lawn among vendors, while Barry and Lynn took the clean up shift.

It was enjoyed by young, old(er), and some furry friends.

Two Open House Train Displays + Bethlehem Farmer's Market

1163 Red Barn Lane in Quakertown

1163 Red Barn Lane in Quakertown

Kevin and Jenn Yutz are having an open house this Saturday August 31st from 11am to 5pm.
Address is 1163 Red Barn Lane in Quakertown. Red Barn is off of Walnut Bank Farm road.

Your GPS shouldn’t have any problem finding it. If you can get to the Target store on Route 309 in Quakertown you’re only a few turns away. Give me a call if you need more details.


Frank and Cheryl Mummey are having an open house on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15 (NOTE NEW DATE) from noon to 4:00. (Rain date Sunday the 15th) Frank says they will have 6 loops (inc. one trolley line) running on a mid-50s to mid-70s themed layout, and possibly 2 additional loops running on a secondary late-1800s western themed layout.

Their address is 4837 S. Cypress Dr. Walnutport 18088. This is just off of Route 248 (Lehigh Drive).


Bethlehem Rose Garden Farmers Market


Lynn Ratzell will be setting up a loop or two at the Bethlehem Rose Garden Farmers Market on Saturday, September 7.
He’ll be there to setup around 8:00am. The market opens at 9:00. Any help is appreciated.

The Market is located on the west side of 8th Avenue, between W Union Blvd and W Broad Street.

It is just off the RTE 378 extension . Coming from RTE 22 Take RTE 378 south towards Bethlehem . Exit onto 8th Ave (Old Martin Tower and Nitschmann Middle School exit) and go south about 2 blocks and you will see it in the trees on the right.
Chris KacsurLVGR - Vice / www.LVGR.org610-349-1150

LVGR presents check to St Luke's Hospice

In front of an audience of classic cars, Lehigh Valley Garden Railroaders presented a generous gift of $2,000 to St. Luke's Hospice at the America on Wheels Museum. The gift was made in memory of the group's long-time treasurer, Barbara Karkutt, who was a faithful member and train enthusiast. St Luke’s sent a big thanks to the Railroaders for their thoughtful support and for enabling St. Luke's Hospice to care for all patients and families in need.


August News Updates and Open House

Hello LVGR community, hope everyone’s summer is going well;


Item #1.

Lynn Ratzell will be having an open house on Sunday August 11th from 2 to 7pm. Trains are running and I know he and his Grandson have made some modifications to the garden layout.

Address is 4652 Oakwood Lane, Nazareth. Take 22 to route 512N or 191N. Take Hanoverville Rd to Georgetown Rd. (At Dutch Springs) Go North on Georgetown to Oakwood and turn right. His place is down on the Left.

Item #2.

Next Wednesday August 14th at 1:00 at America On Wheels we will finally be presenting our donation check to St. Lukes Hospice Care in memory of Barbara. Unfortunately every time we went to pick a date we ran into schedule conflicts; but we persevered and finally came up with a date and time that worked. If you’re available please stop by and say hello to the AOW staff and the folks from St. Lukes.


Just a thank you to those who came out to the Kutztown Folk Festival and either helped setup, breakdown or run trains. I missed just about everyone, but Nolan saw a few of you. The guys from the Allentown and Auburn are appreciative and our banner made the 69 news. Hopefully we can assist again next year.

Item #4

Reminder, Bethlehem Farmers Market at the Bethlehem Rose Garden (8th Ave & Broad St.) Lynn Ratzell will be setting-up a display for one day on Saturday September 7. He’ll need some help for setup on Friday and manning and teardown on Saturday.


We hope to be out at the Pioneer Apple Festival at Ontelaunee Park in New Tripoli on Oct.5th. Same as last year. Nothing fancy, 2 loops next to Craig’s magnificently constructed station and the ride on train he’s restoring. May also have the pump car from A&A on display along with some other RR artifacts.

Will provide more info on Bethlehem and Apple Fest as we get closer.

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.