COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum welcomes a special exhibit—one that doesn’t have faces or dials and by itself does not tell time but is integral to the history of timekeeping.

From February 1 to March 3 the Museum will open its doors to members of the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders, who build, display, and operate layouts throughout Central Pennsylvania. During this time, special programming will include presentations on various aspects of railroading history as it relates to time.

Saturday, February 18, at 11 a.m. Dave Gorrell, a National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. member, will speak on “Railroad Timekeeping: 1827 to the Present.” Necessity of accurate timing on a growing railroad system, the railroad watch as a marvel of engineering and beauty, and how the railroads kept time starting with the “Day with Two Noons” will be covered.

"Timekeeping has been integral to railroads and modern travel in general, since the beginning of rail travel that allowed movement from place to place at a pace never seen before," says Museum Director Noel Poirier. "Railroads and their time schedules forced the establishment of standard time zones and the development of highly accurate timepieces. The Lower Susquehanna Valley Model Railroader display will allow the Museum to honor the significance of railroads to the history of horology while providing our visitors a great visual and auditory experience."

The Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders (LSVMR) is a group of O-gauge enthusiasts from the Lower Susquehanna Valley Region of Pennsylvania. Some customers and employees of CoolTrains Hobbies in Salunga, PA, came together in July 2009 to form the LSMR and since then have expanded it.

“One of the nice things about our club is that we are just a group of people who share a mutual love of trains. Unlike other clubs, we do not model any specific location or era. Everything we do is for the fun of the hobby, which is why you will see all kinds of different things on our layout. From carnivals to Lego towns to the drive-in movie theater, no two setups are the same, often captivating the imagination of many children. All our trains are member owned, so there's always something new rolling by,” shares LSVMR president Travis Moody.

LSVMR members look forward to showing off their model train layouts to visitors to the National Watch and Clock Museum from February 1 to March 3. The railroad display and lecture is free to the public.


Kim Craven
NAWCC Marketing and Events Coordinator
kcraven@nawcc.org
p: 717.684.8261 Ext.231