May 20 th marked the ninth annual model train layout tour sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association. Huber Hall again served as the primary host location and offered four modular layouts sponsored by the Pittsburgh Independent High Railers, Steel Town N-Scalers, Pittsburgh chapter of the Lego User Group and the Brian Richards family. Brady’s Train Outlet in Greensburg featured three O-gauge layouts, one of which is still under construction and displays the “behind-the- scene” construction method. The four remaining layouts are in private homes and include an extensive O-gauge layout with more than 100 switches, a realistic two-rail O-gauge layout that has been featured in national magazines, a brand new O-gauge layout, and a three-level available-space O-gauge layout.
The railroad museum at the restored Darlington Station participated in Ligonier Valley's Free Museum Day May 7th. Approximately 914 guests visited the museum and explored the various yard exhibits including the 1905 bobber caboose. The trackless train was especially popular with the younger visitors.
The DVD of the "Last Run of the Ligonier Valley Line" is now available in our gift shop
The Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America participating in the Blue Star Museums program and offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer. Although the Blue Star Museums program is active from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015, the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum will offer free admission to active duty service personnel all year.
Book "The Ligonier Valley Rail Road", by Robert Stutzman, cofounder of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association and editor of the "Liggie", our quarterly news letter. In December 2012, he retired as the editor and as a member of the board of directors to write this book. To order a copy please visit our gift shop
The Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum is located 3 miles west of Ligonier, Pennsylvania and is housed in an original Ligonier Valley Rail Road station that was built around 1896. The Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association acquired the property in 2005 and raised funding to restore the station. The project took about 2 ½ years and it was opened as the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum on May 21, 2010. The photo on the left shows the station in 1935. The photo on the right shows the station as it is today as the Ligonier valley Rail road Museum.
The mission of the museum is to preserve the history of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. The Railroad was founded by Judge Thomas Mellon and began passenger operation on December 1, 1877 and during the course of its 75 years of operation it carried 9 million passengers and hauled 32 million tons of freight. The last run occurred on August 31, 1952.
On the left is our 1905 Bobber Caboose passing historic Fort Ligonier on its way to the Darlington Station. The caboose was moved from temporary storage in Laughlintown to the Darlington Station on Saturday February 16, 2008. The tracks were installed a few weeks before and Ligonier Construction Company, of Laughlintown, transported the caboose and set it up on the tracks. To read about the caboose and its history please click on the Bobber Caboose link on the top menu.
The Museum collection includes over 3,000 items. The Museum itself houses a variety of items including lanterns, locks and keys, PRR and B&O dinnerware, and a wall map of the right of way of the LVRR. We also have a video relating to the LVRR and other railroad videos.
We would like your help. If you have or know of any items from the Ligonier Valley Rail Road including old photographs, timetables, employee information, badges etc. please call us at 724-238-7819. We would love to hear from you!
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