The train display to be featured at the annual Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad Club open house next week in Ambridge is a work in progress.
The open house will be held every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 26 to Jan. 15 — except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day — at the club’s library and museum on Merchant Street.
Club President Frank Kocher said members have spent about 10 years building the 50-foot by 50-foot display, which depicts small and large industry from Pittsburgh to Wheeling, W.Va., in the 1950 and 1960s.
The club has about 20 members.
He expects the display — which represents the era when trains switched from steam to diesel power — to be completed next year and become a permanent fixture at the club. Some parts have been revamped for the open house.
“We have a section to add devoted to (downtown) Pittsburgh,” Kocher said. “This year, we re-did a 20-foot area, changing the track and all the signals with new technology.”
Digitally controlled, the HO-gauge layout has more than 400 feet of double-track right of way and hundreds of trains and pieces of scenery — including a 2-foot-by-35-foot steel mill made from blueprints of an actual mill.
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