SWEDESBORO — Local modelers are opening their homes to the public on Sunday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the public to view their efforts and to interest others in the hobby of model railroading.
Since November is National Model Railroad Month, this has become an annual event enjoyed by many. There is always something new to be seen in this the 22nd year for these local open houses.
There are no charges or entrance fees. Cameras are allowed. Children are encouraged to come.
In Swedesboro, P. J. Mattson’s Raccoon Valley Railroad is at 129 East Avenue. A double track mainline runs through a fictional New Jersey setting from Swedesboro to the mountains of North Jersey with his own version of the Horseshoe Curve. The town of Swedesboro is depicted including trucks full of tomatoes in the rail yard.
The control system is Digitrax Digital Command Control (DCC). Trains can also be controlled by Cell Phones. All the latest electronics, operating signals, radio control, sound and a central dispatch board distinguishes his road.
Over half of his 60 locomotives operate with digital sound. A Steel Mill is featured for additional unusual operation. His web site can be seen at http://raccoonvalleyrailroad.shutterfly.com
Steve Moylan’s Oak Valley Railroad is located at 835 Vermont Ave., Deptford and depicts an active railroad area of Pennsylvania during the 1950’s. Working steam and diesel engines controlled by Digitrax DCC travel through towns, industrial and coal mining areas.
Realistic operation in a realistic setting is the goal. With 100 percent of tracks in place and running, 98 percent of scenery in place, construction continues on what is a class A model railroad.
Fliers with more information about other railroads that have Open Houses in the area can be found at Swedesboro True Value, Swedesboro Library, Heritage’s Dairy Store, and other locations in Swedesboro and Woodbury.