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The Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Club was formed in 1994 at 316 S. New St. in Bethlehem, Pa. After 2 years we lost our lease and was forced to move. In November of 1996 we purchased a building at 705 Linden St. in Bethlehem, Pa. (current location). After months of building we had our first open house Christmas of 1997. After 16 years of construction we have a 5,000 sq. ft. double decked layout consisting of about 7,000 ft of track, over 250 turnouts (150 are powered). We have a helix connecting the lower and upper level. The scenery is about 75% finished.
In 2005 we switched from DC to DCC using the NCE DCC System. Shortly after we incorporated a computer system and JMRI Software to run Train detection and signaling. The detection and signaling is done by Digi-trax equiptment. We have a CTC Room with 6 computer screens to operate the layout. The detection and signaling is about 65% finished.
In 2006 we became the Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum. We are a 501C3 tax deductable organization.
The museum appreciates the sponsorship of local businessess that have helped to preserve the history of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The sponsorships have allowed the museum to expand the layout, open the doors to the public, and enhance the educational outreach program.