It has been a part of the Ambridge community for the past three decades and now it is ready to unveil a new look.
The Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad Club and Museum is set to celebrate its 31st anniversary in style following a renovation. The building's facade has undergone a facelift and while initial building work was supposed to have been completed in late August, a number of setbacks has meant that the grand unveiling has been pushed back. However, it will coincide with the group's anniversary open house season, Trib Live reports.
Members hope that the new facade will help to end confusion of where the site actually is and draw more people into discuss all things model railways. It will also allow people to see some of the impressive layouts that are lie behind the freight doors. Member Frank Kocher believes that the improvements give the building the look of a real train station of years gone by.
It has been made possible thanks to a $63,400 (£38,781) project which has been paid in part by a grant through the Community Development Program of Beaver County. The new structure includes a new entry point to the second floor which rules out the need for people to go outside to gain access.
Mr Kocher explained that the new facade has given members a new lease of life and with this they hope to bring in more like-minded enthusiasts. Ohio Valley Lines has introduced a downtown Pittsburgh section to the main HO-scale railroad layout, located on the first floor. Members are also working on an N-scale model railway in the basement but Mr Kocher stated that it is still very much in the "bare bones" stage.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the site on November 30th and was then proceeded by an open house where people could explore everything the group was doing.