Our Modular / holiday Layout
The Keystone Midland, in conjunction with Friends of Fort Hunter, sponsors a three weekend display each year in Harrisburg, PA during the holidays called The Toy Train. As part of educating the public and preserving railroad history in the area, a traveling modular layout is set up and run by club members.
The display at Fort Hunter serves to channel interest in the club which also holds a two-day open house on weekends during the holiday time period. Many visitors to The Toy Train also visit the club’s 20x50 foot layout in its Mechanicsburg location.
For 30 years, children of all ages have delighted in seeing our passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside. The magic of model railroading even shows Thomas the Tank and other character rolling stock and engines highly recognizable by toddlers who enjoy the TV series of the same name.
While not specific to any one attraction or locale, the modules are recognized by the association of childhood memories to a type of terrain or a particular building or amusement park ride. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. So much is packed into the huge display that many visitors come back on successive weekends to try to capture what they might have missed. Each weekend, more than 1,000 people visit the free-to-the-public layout and many purchase a raffle ticket for a train set given away on the last weekend.
Each year, something new is added to the display, keeping it fresh and exciting. Publicity from local newspapers and radio and TV help promote the display and the hobby to the general public. Club members make contributions to scenery, staffing and rolling stock. It takes five members to assemble the modules and two members several additional days to hook up connections and test all the operating lights, rides and trains.
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Looking over the layout with the carnival in the background.
Two of our many "Thomas" engines for the kids to enjoy.
The Belvidere Theater shows the latest hits!
A view down 'main street' with the trolley tracks.
The fire company is always ready to leap into action.
More of the carnival attractions.
The "Jupiter" ferris wheel looms over the carnival.
Thomas pulls into the station.
Our monorail provides access to all the carnival attractions.
Hot air balloon ride anyone?
Congratulate the happy couple.
Round of Mini-Golf?
Another tour group through Keystone Caverns.
A venerable 0-6-0 is ready to go.
Something a bit more modern passes our 0-6-0.
One of the many trestles and bridges on the line.
Farmer Harry heads across the suspension bridge.
Farming on the line.
There's a horse-farm too.
The forge is glowing and working.
The local A&P is hopping, with a poster advertising a 'local specialty'.
The famous Shoe House