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Welcome to the 2014 Model Railroad Open House website. The Model Railroad Open Houses are an annual event which has showcased local model train layouts in DE, MD, PA and NJ for more than 30 years.

Layouts are open only in November with the exception of the garden railroaders who generally open the last weekend in October when weather is warmer.

Our process for the 2014 open house scheduling will start on August 15. We collect dates from layout owners from August 15 to September 15 and we hold to our deadlines. New layout owners should contact me directly for instructions and information. As always, I prefer that all layout owners proactively send their open house info in during this timeframe. If we do not hear from you, we cannot promise we will call you. We will post the completed schedule around October 1st.

Also as a reminder, when you commit to an open house, cancellations should only be made for extenuating circumstances or emergency, not convenience. Not everyone has access to up-to-the-minute information and we don’t want to anger or inconvenience a visitor who might show up for a canceled open house. Please make every effort to abide by your chosen date(s).

Thanks to all who donated so generously in previous years towards the costs of maintaining this site. We hope some of you can assist this year. Last year, we fell short on our funds so please consider contributing this year. Even a $5 donation will help. Look to the left side of this page for the link for donations.

We will continue our trend this year grouping layouts in certain areas open on common dates. This allows people to see multiple layouts in one day.

If you are a layout owner and will be open, contact the following people in your area for coordination. If you do not have their email, email me and I will send the info. Some of these coordinators will be reaching out to you proactively also.

  • Joe Walters – DE

  • PJ Mattson – NJ

  • Fran Giacoma – MD

  • Bruce Friedman – Eastern PA (I am looking for a Eastern PA coordinator

  • Chuck Kadyk – Central PA (Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Schuylkill counties)

  • Jerry Britton – Central/Western/Northern PA (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties)

Finally, following recent trends in the digital age, we created a Facebook page 3 years ago just for the schedule. Last year’s Facebook page was very active with visitors posting layout photos of their visits. Layout owners can also post pictures of their own layouts to entice you to visit! We will also post cancellations and updates there but our main website will continue to be our official source of information. The Facebook page is *Model Railroad Openhouse Schedule*

Please join our social community and participate.

This website would not be possible without the assistance of Karen Darling.
We want to thank Karen for her hard work and if you see her, please let her know!

Bruce Z. Friedman

NOTE:  If you are hosting an open house and have a picture of your layout that you would like featured in the rotating pictures at the top of each page, please email it to Karen prior to October 1 at  Each picture must be at least 500 x 200 pixels.  I'd prefer you send the full size image.  Keep in mind that I need to use a portion of the picture that will show your trains and/or layout in the 500 x 200 pixel area.  I'll let you know if it is acceptable.  Due to the large number of folks participating, only one picture from each person will be used.  It is possible that due to content and/or layout of the scene, it might not be suitable. If your layout has a name and website, please let me know and I will include it in the listing.

Thanks to those who donated to the cost of running the site!  Karen Darling