Jeri and Mark McGrail of North Huntingdon Twp. were among visitors to the McKeesport Model Railroad Club's annual holiday train show and open house. The show continues weekends through Dec. 30. (Photo by Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac)
McKeesport Model Railroad Club began its annual open house and holiday train show this weekend, and Vickie Babyak caught up with some of the visitors.
Located at 2209 Walnut St. in Christy Park, the club's 2,200-square-foot model railroad depicts fictionalized scenes of Western Pennsylvania. The permanent layout is built in HO scale, about 1/87th of actual size or roughly half the size of larger Lionel-style trains.
The club, founded in 1950, also had an exhibit this year at the NRG Santa Spectacular in downtown Pittsburgh. More than 2,500 visitors viewed a portable layout depicting McKeesport's former Port Authority transportation center, including a model of the "PATrain."
Hours for the open house at the club's Christy Park headquarters are 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30. Santa Claus is scheduled to visit on Dec. 15, 16, 22 and 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.
A donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 17 is requested. Scouts, military personnel with ID and first responders with ID are admitted for free.
Parking is available in the lot of CP Industries, across the street.
For more information, visit the club's website or Facebook.
(All photos: Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac. For reprints, email email@example.com.)
Originally published December 09, 2018.