About The AMRS
The AMRS is located on Hanover Court between 22nd and 23rd Streets in Hazle Township, PA (Hazleton area.) We founded our organization in 1990 and began our first club layout in the Old Holy Trinity School in Hazleton Pennsylvania. We moved from this location in December of 1997 to our present building. This building was purchased by the club with money obtained from our fund raisers and personal loans from our members.
Our present building was a former bakery and required major modifications to meet our needs. We started the renovation on the interior in December of 1997 and spent approximately one year preparing it for use. Walls were eliminated, two rooms removed, and a bathroom moved from the center of the building to an area in the rear near our lounge. We also needed to rewire the entire building, install new insulation, and renovate the existing basement area.
The main layout is approximately 2,000 sq. ft. in area and contains approximately twelve hundred feet of h-o scale track. It is comprised of two levels. On the lower level we have installed our main rail yard alongside the Lehigh River, several industrial areas, and a scene composed of Jim Thrope and the surrounding mountains. All of the track work on the lower level is hand laid code 83 blackened rail. The upper level contains a replica of the Jeddo Breaker, a compressed facsimile of Hazleton, the Ashmore roundhouse, and several other interesting features.
We now have our layout far enough along where we can once again have visitors view our layout during our annual open houses. All of our future public displays will be announced well in advance. See our Events and Links page for more information.
We invite you to come and visit our club and meet some new friends who share a common interest. Our membership is open to all and we welcome anyone who is interested in joining our club. See our Membership page for more information.
Our ongoing club activities are as follows:
GENERAL MEETINGS: held bi-monthly (every other month!) beginning in January, typically on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 at our club house.
LAYOUT WORK DAYS: The club is open for work sessions and operations typically on Wednesday mornings. Members are there at other unscheduled times as well. If you are a non-member and would like to pay us a visit, please contact one of our officers and arrange a mutual time. Our Home page has club officer contact information.