New Home of the Bricktown Model RR Club


We’ve added a new event to this year’s division calendar. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 5th for the Bricktown Model Railroaders NMRA Open House.


The event takes place in Mount Union, PA. Mount Union is on the main line of Norfolk Southern, about 80 highway miles west of Harrisburg. In the last century, it was the largest shipping point on the Pennsy’s Middle Division, because it was the site of three huge brick plants, also served by the East Broad Top narrow gauge. Hence the town’s nickname: Bricktown.

Mount Union – still Bricktown to its citizens – is today the home of a vibrant model railroad community. Last fall the Bricktown Model Railroaders Association completed the purchase of a 50-foot by 100-foot former warehouse – complete with railroad siding – as their new club headquarters. They’ve invited our division to come and learn more about their plans and to sample model and prototype railroading in Mount Union.


The meet will be headquartered at the Bricktown Museum, 300 West Small Street, Mt. Union.

Doors will open at 9:00 am and the program starts at 10 am. Here’s what you’ll enjoy at the club headquarters (in addition to donuts and coffee):

Click on the map for a larger view!


10:00-10:30               Welcome and walking tour of club building and layout plans.


10:30-11:15               Profusely illustrated slide presentation by noted author and

historian Bryan Donaldson on Mount Union and its railroad past.


Then we break and let you tailor your own afternoon from the following menu of activities around the Mount Union community.


9:00-4:00                   On30 modular layout of George Sarra, in club building.


11:15-12:30               Walking tour of remains of Harbison Walker brick plant (once the

largest of its kind in the world), adjacent to the club building


11:30-4:00                 Outdoor large-scale layout of Doug Renninger (weather permitting).


11:30-4:00                 Outdoor large-scale layout of Bud Parks (weather permitting).


1:00-4:00                   Outdoor large-scale layout of Jon Clark (weather permitting).


1:00-4:00                   Wade Woodcock’s HO/HOn3 layout.


1:00-4:00                   Jon Clark’s On30 layout.


1:00-4:00                   Mount Union Area Historical Society Industrial Museum


1:00-4:00                   And rarest of all, a chance to tour the East Broad Top engine house

in Mount Union, home to EBT 0-6-0 #3, a 1923 Baldwin steam locomotive.


Lunch will be served in the former PRR Freight Station, now Mount Union’s Senior Center. It will be available from 11:00 to 3:00 pm. The format will be cafeteria-style, featuring hot dogs with kraut, sloppy Joes, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, ice tea, soda, coffee, and baked goods.


And of course, expect lots of action on the Norfolk Southern main through the heart of town.


We hope to see you in Bricktown !