Lehigh Valley Fall Home Show

Lehigh Valley Garden Railroaders will once again have an awesome display at the Home Show!

Come see us!

The 14th Annual Fall Home Show
WHEN: Oct 22nd-23rd, 2016
WHERE: AG Hall, Allentown Fairgrounds, 
302 North 17th Street
Allentown, PA
SHOW HOURS: Saturday, 11am to 6pm
Sunday, 11am to 5pm
TICKETS: Adults $8, Seniors $7, 12 & under FREE

Club Members Info
      SETUP:  THURSDAY/FRIDAY 10/20, 10/21 10AM - 4PM
      TEARDOWN: SUNDAY 10/23 6PM - ?,  MOVE MONDAY 10/24 11:AM

LINK -- http://www.jenksproductions.com/pafallhomeshow.html

Dick Diehm Open House


You are invited to an Open House by
Dick & Mary Diehm

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 11AM till 6PM
Sunday, September 11, 2016, from 12PM till 5PM

Garden Railroad Trains, Koi Ponds, Fairy Gardens and Landscaping

Details in Member Only section

Allentown Fair Train Display

The important info is:
HOURS:  3-9PM.
TEARDOWN: 9/6 10AM - ?

We will be located in the farmers market at the lower portion where the show ticket booths are. Next to the RITZ. There is a large rollup door next to us. It is a much larger area so we can have a larger nicer display. That being said,however, we will keep the layout to a simpler design so it will be easier for everyone to control. There will be NO platform or switching tracks. I envision it to be in about a 20'x30' area.

The next thing is the hours. They will be significantly less then previous years. The hours will be from 3-9pm each day. It would be good if we could split up the hours into two 3 hour shifts. 3-6 and 6-9pm. If someone would like to stay longer (or shorter) that would be fine. 

This year we will be getting 4 parking spaces on the paved area by the 17th street gate!!  That means no parking in the dirt or by the show crowd. I will also try to get some wrist bands. If you need to pay for parking or entrance ,however, the club will reimburse you. It is a short walk from paved parking to the trains (behind the RITZ).

The EAST PENN TRACTION club will be displaying their trolley modules. They will have 2 layouts (HO,O) gauge along each wall by the large door. That should make it interesting.


Open House

Lynn Ratzell is having an open house: Here is the info:

Saturday August 13, 1 to 5. I'll have light refreshments. At this point the layout has three distinct operations. A short loop with a bypass, a long out and back operation with a tunnel and a long loop, with two bypasses, winding through the garden. It is probably 170 feet in length.

DIRECTIONS in member only section

Upcoming Train Displays

Lehigh Valley Garden Railroaders will be busy in during 2016.

We're scheduled to set up displays for the following events:

The Great Allentown Fair  (YES - We;re back!)  Click here for website
       Fairgrounds at 17th and Chew Sts in Allentown  
          August 30 - September 5

America and Wheels - Holiday Train Display  Click here for website
       Hamilton and Front Sts Allentown
       Thanksgiving thru New Years

We've done:

Lehigh Valley Flower Show   Click here for website  
     Ag Hall at 17th and Chew Streets in Allentown
     March 2016 - Completed - Great Success

Kriedersville Bridge Festival  Click here for website
       Kreidersville Covered Bridge is located just south of Kreiderville Zion's Stone Church
       100 Covered Bridge Rd. in Kreidersville in Allen Township, PA.
          Saturday June 4 & Sunday June 5

Club Meeting on February 21

     The club is having a meeting at America on Wheels on Sunday February 21 @ 1:00pm to discuss several important things (future shows,etc).

     It would be good if you could attend.

America on Wheels Thank Yous

Many thanks to all who helped
   set up,
   operate, and
   clean up

our annual holiday train display at the America on Wheels museum in Allentown.

Special thanks to the Air Pro Retirees Volunteers
     These dedicated retirees from Air Products do a fantastic job each year helping us get the track laid and trains running. THEN they help us clean up, and pack up the track and scenery. THANKS!

Thanks as well to all club members for donating time, scenery and the trains which make the display so awesome each year! 

Next display - Flower Show  March 11-13 (Ag Hall in Allentown)

Death of Bill Gold

Its with sadness that we announce the death of our club member and friend - Bill Gold. Bill was an avid model railroaders and very active club member. He built a G Scale module which the club has used for years in a variety of settings. As you read his obituary below you can see that he was a multi-facetted  person. We will miss him.  our thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and his family.


William "Bill" H. Gold, 77, of Main Street, Nazareth, died peacefully, Monday evening, Nov 23, 2015, at Hospice House of the VNA of St. Luke's, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Sandra B. (Benner) Gold since Aug 19, 1967. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Howard E. and Esther S. (Halteman) Gold. Bill was employed as a teller for Lafayette-Ambassador Bank, Nazareth, for over 25 years. A 1956 graduate of the Nazareth High School, Bill served in the US Army Stateside, Vietnam Era.

He was a member of the Nazareth Moravian Church. An avid sports enthusiast, Bill volunteered as statistician for many Nazareth Sports, football 50 years, basketball 40 years, compiling and reporting stats to the Easton Express Times that same evening after each game. He was coach, and headed the youth baseball program in Nazareth for 40 years, in which he was honored by the Borough of Nazareth having the S. Green Street Field named after him. In 2014, Bill was given the Mayor's Award for a Citizen of Service. Bill was also honored by the Nazareth Football Team. He was an avid Green Bay Packers Fan, and Cincinnati Reds Fan. Bill was a volunteer for the Borough Recreation Committee, and was instrumental in the Nazareth Day Program.

An avid model train enthusiast, Bill was a member of the Lehigh Valley Garden Railroaders, and the Nazareth Area Society of Model Engineers, Stockertown.

Survivors: wife. brother in law, Raymond Benner of Ocala, FL. sister in law, Jean Ullman of Bethlehem Twp. cousins, David S. Halteman and Family of Bethlehem, Edward W. Halteman, Jr. and Family of Middlesex, NJ. many friends.

Services: 11:00AM Saturday, Bartholomew-Schisler Funeral Home, 211 E. Center Street, Nazareth, PA 18064. Call, 7-8:30PM Friday and 10-11:00AM Saturday all in funeral home. Interment W/ Military Honors, Hope Cemetery, Route 191, Hecktown.

Contributions: N.A.S.M.E., 212 Main Street, Stockertown or Church Memorial Fund, both C/O Funeral Home.   

Online Condolences: www.schislerfuneralhomes.com

America on Wheels Holiday Display

 It's that time again!  AOW Train Display

Here is the information:
America on Wheels Antique Auto Museum
5 North Front St (at Hamilton St)
Allentown PA

  FRIDAY 11/27 - SATURDAY 11/28 10:00 AM - 4:00PM
  SUNDAY 11/29 12:00PM - 4:00PM

  SUNDAY 12:00PM - 4:00PM

THURSDAY 12/24 10:00AM - 1:00PM (EARLY CLOSE)
THURSDAY 12/31 10:00AM - 1:00PM (EARLY CLOSE)
SATURDAY 1/2 10:00AM - 4:00PM
SUNDAY 1/3 12:00PM - ? (LAST DAY) 

  TUESDAY 1/5 10:00AM - ?

Join us!

AOW Link