Training for 25 years

By on November 25, 2014


Crowds gather to check out the holiday layout at the Short LIne Model Railroad Club.

Crowds gather to check out the holiday layout at the Short LIne Model Railroad Club.

This holiday season marks the 25th anniversary of the The Short Line Model Railroad Club located in downtown Ephrata.
The club’s humble beginning began in a small garage in nearby Brownstown, with a handful of energetic model railroad enthusiasts. The founding members set forth with a mission of building a model railroad layout that would serve as a place for members who didn’t have space at home for a layout to operate their models, and more importantly, a layout that represented railroading of years past that could be shared with the community.
The club settled on a theme &tstr; Eastern Pennsylvania’s coal region in the 1950s &tstr; which provided the option for operating both steam and diesel powered locomotives in what is called the “transition era” of railroading. The railroad was given the name “Pennsylvania Reading Anthracite Lines.”
The club quickly outgrew the original space in Brownstown and relocated to a larger space in downtown Ephrata where the club’s 40-plus members operate today and continue to expand their 25-foot by 62-foot HO scale model railroad.
Over the years during each holiday season families, community members, and model train enthusiasts flock to the club’s location at 11 S. State St. to spend some time watching the model trains operate and see what new additions were made since their last visit. This year’s milestone open house season will be no different, as a new, highly detailed logging camp can be found on the narrow gauge logging line and a working roundtable can be seen shuffling locomotives in and out of the six stall roundhouse.
The Short Line Model Railroad Club will be opened to the public on Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 29 through Jan. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is by free-will donation.
For more information about The Short Line Model Railroad Club, contact Jason Artus at 575-5839 or visit

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