The Lower Susquehanna Modular Railroaders is a group of O-gauge enthusiasts from the Lower Susquehanna Valley Region of Pennsylvania. Members of the group build, display and operate a layout based on 2 foot by 4 foot modules built and scenicked by club members.
The club first started when a group of customers and employees of CoolTrains Hobbies in Salunga, Lancaster County came together in July of 2009 and has expanded since. Membership is open to all, and new members are welcomed.
Except for the corner modules, all modules are owned and maintained by individual club members. Many of our modules are stored in our trailer. Several members have created scenes that extend over two or more modules.
Our goal is to have fun, and so our standards are flexible and our equipment is varied. Our modules are designed to run three tracks, and we are equipped to run engines conventionally, or with handheld remote controls. We use both Lionel's Legacy and TMCC systems and MTH's DCS system.. We model no particular era, and we allow the module developer freedom for expression in scenery, ballast and road name. Semi-scale and scale 3-rail locomotive and rolling stock are welcomed.
The Lower Susquehanna Valley Model Railroaders club exists to offer the public a chance to see a model train display in operation. To that end, we periodically set up and operate our display at events throughout Central Pennsylvania. We have appeared at a variety of locations, including model train swap meets, community events, especially during the Christmas Season, public libraries, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the Ronald McDonald House and retirement homes.
Our layout can be as small as 12 feet wide by 16 feet long. The length and width can increase in 4 foot increments. The largest display we have done so far is 24 X 40. As we continue to add modules, the size of our layout can continue to grow.
We also have a stand-alone switching module, called a “timesaver” in model railroad jargon. Using a switch engine, the model engineer can attach and detach cars and move cars between sidings. The switching module is simple enough that young kids can enjoy operating it and railroad buffs and puzzle fans can spend significant time and mental energy resolving the switching problem. This layout is 12 feet by 32 inches.
We will set up for no fee for non-profits and community events. Donations to offset our cost are always welcome. Depending in the size of the layout, setup can take any place from 1 ½ hours to several hours.