Black Diamond Model Train Open House

  • Dates: 2/8/2020, 2/9/2020
  • Location: Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers
  • Address: 902 East Macada Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017
  • Phone: (610) 867-2591
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: $5/person; 12 and under free


The Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers is holding their annual Railroad Days open house on the following dates: December 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2019; January 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2020, and February 8 and 9, 2020 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Founded in 1965, Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers celebrates 55 years of model railroading!!! Featured will be 2 floors of sleek passenger and powerful freight trains in continuous operation. See and try out the upgraded capabilities of train operation via mobile apps. Visitors are welcome to inquire about Scout Night on December 10th from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Membership applications are available, as well.

The display includes a Timesaver O 3-rail switching layout built in order for visitors to learn more about the model railroad hobby, understand what trains are designed to do by spotting cars at industries, assembling/disassembling trains, and do this in a timely manner as a friendly competition. The goal is to experience the fun of model railroading, and discover the ease of operation via a Bluetooth phone app. The first floor 650 square foot layout features models of O, On30 and S scale steam trains from the glory days of railroading to the mighty diesel locomotives of today, including prototype sights and sounds.Operating semaphores and signals further enhance the display.

The second floor 800 square foot HO scale display has a multitude of trains in operation, including a loaded coal train stretching to more than 100 cars powered by multiple diesel locomotives winding past just-completed roundhouse scenery modifications. A miniature trolley travels between a village and a distant amusement park with both an operating ski lift and rides.

The suggested donation is $5 per person, free for those 12 and under. Those with children under 40 inches tall bring a step stool to make it easier for them to see the displays. Pre-owned trains, structures, accessories and books are for sale. There is ample parking, as the club shares the lot with St. Thomas’ UCC. For more information, please call 610-867-2591 or go to