The McKeesport Model Railroad Club
The McKeesport Model Railroad Club first established in 1950 and still thrives today with members of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life. This organization prides itself in the impact the club has on the local communities in the Pittsburgh region in providing fun & family friendly displays that engage visitors of all ages. To this day the McKeesport Model Railroad Club serves as a reminder of the importance of railroads back in their heyday and the continued importance of rail transportation today. The club provides members a family oriented atmosphere that encourages group collaboration, the education of electronics, wood working, scenery and plenty of other manual skills surrounding model railroading and building maintenance.
The history and roots of the club stems from a small group of people who were passionate about trains and the operational and scenic aspects of the industry. This group worked to model this very passion in miniature scale along with the historical nature of the local region. This small group chartered an organization that would expand the outreach of model railroading into the community, allowing any persons of interest in model railroading to learn and enjoy the hobby of model railroading. To this day we continue to operate with the mindset and intent of preserving the beautiful history and importance of railroads past and present.
Welcome to the McKeesport Model Railroad Club.
McKeesport Model Railroad Club – Birth
McKeesport Model Railroad Club – BirthJanuary 3, 1950A small local newspaper advertisement in late December 1949 called for interested persons to meet at the McKeesport (Pennsylvania) YMCA at 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 10, 1950, to discuss the formation of a local model railroad club. By the fourth session, on Tuesday, January 31, fifteen club founders met that evening and signed what would become the original Constitution of the McKeesport Model Railroad Club, which was formally founded the next day, February 1, 1950. Little is known of the first incarnation of the Mon Yough Valley, as its history was brief and public tours were never conducted there, very few records exist prior to 1952, and the last of those souls who remember building it passed away over a decade ago. Dues were affordable at $1 per month.
Adoption of Articles of Confederation
Adoption of Articles of ConfederationJanuary 31, 1950
15 Charter Members adopt our Articles of Confederation.
Official Organizational Notarization
Official Organizational NotarizationFebruary 1, 1950
Notarization officially recognizing the McKeesport Model Railroad Club.
Our first home
Our first homeApril 1, 1950
Club establishes model train operations on 2nd floor of the YMCA.
Onward to a new home
Onward to a new homeApril 1, 1952
Club moves to Pennsylvania Railroad Freight Station, 2nd floor in McKeesport.
New lease – new location
New lease – new locationMarch 1, 1966
Club secures new lease in building near Pittsburgh & Lake Erie in Elizabeth Township.
Another new lease at a new location
Another new lease at a new locationApril 1, 1972
Club secures lease of Coulter Schoolhouse from McKeesport District.
Added new meeting nights
Added new meeting nightsApril 2, 1972
Club votes to add Friday evening sessions to accelerate repairs to vacant building. Leased building heavily needed repairs.
A new home (again)
A new home (again)March 1, 1980
Club secures lease to occupy half of the 2nd floor of Dravosburg Third Street School.
Ownership of our own building
Ownership of our own buildingMarch 1, 1988
February 1988 – membership united together and all pitched in to purchase our own building. Now the McKeesport Model Railroad Club owns the building located on 2209 Walnut Street in McKeesport PA.
Debut of our modular layout
Debut of our modular layoutNovember 16, 2018
The McKeesport Model Railroad Club always offered Open House tours of our permanent layout in our home location. On November 16th, the McKeesport Model Railroad Club debuts our first modular/mobile layout in Point State Park near downtown Pittsburgh. This layout opened the door of opportunities to expand our reach in the Pittsburgh region, in addition to our permanent layout.