JANUARY 14, 2010

Lock Haven, PA - During 1979 and early 1980 there was talk among railroad modeling enthusiasts in and around the Clinton County area about starting a model railroad club.  If there was enough interest, a club could possibly be formed.  The talk continued at events like the Great Model Train Race held in Renovo at the time.  On July 15, 1980 at a meeting that was held in the Clinton County Courthouse Annex, the second meeting in fact of interested individuals, that action was taken.  It was at this second meeting that thirteen men voted to found the Clinton Central Model Railroad Club and those thirteen people became the Charter Members of this organization that thrives today in the former New York Central Railroad Station in Castanea, PA, adjacent to the city of Lock Haven.  A number of the original thirteen charter members have since passed away but three of the original charter members are still active in the club.  Still other members have moved away and are no longer active members in the club, but still are carried on the membership rolls as Charter Members.  Attempts are underway to locate all the Charter Members still living so they may attend the July event at the station.

In celebration of this thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the club, the Clinton Central Model Railroad Club has organized a year-long celebration of events to commemorate the founding 30 years ago this July.

The first two events slated for this winter will be two Open Houses to be held at the Castanea Train Station at 15 Logan Avenue:

Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Model trains will be operating in our large layout room of 28 ft. by 48 ft. on more than 1500 feet of HO scale track.  Our layout is growing continuously with new track, scenery, electronics, and rolling stock being added on a regular basis.  Scenery clinics open to the public are being scheduled for later this year.  Numerous railroad related publications and videos are available in the Library room and railroad artifacts are on display in the Museum room. 

A recent donation to the club is the actual telegraph key and sounder box used in the Pennsylvania Railroad station located in Lock Haven until it was removed from service.  This telegraph system is operating and available for viewing.  Similar historical railroad items including model trains are accepted by the club to add to the ever growing number of artifacts housed in our museum room.

Groups and organizations can arrange for evening and weekend tours of the station and the layout upon request.  Go to www.ccmrr.org to contact us.

Other events will be announced throughout the year so keep watching.