In Richboro, Model Trains Traverse A Layout With 1,000 Feet Of Track

Posted: November 24, 1995

The Abington Lines Model Railroad Club will show off its HO-scale trains and more than 1,000 feet of track at its open house this weekend in Richboro.

Throughout the year, about 20 club members from Bucks and Montgomery Counties and Northeast Philadelphia work on the 20-by-60-foot layout. Around the holidays, they let visitors take a peek at what they have been up to.

The model trains travel past cities and towns, through the countryside, into tunnels and over bridges. The majority are typical of trains that ran in the 1940s and '50s; others range from turn-of-the-century locomotives to modern diesels.

Among the eye-catchers are a circus train and an ore train about 75 cars long. In addition, a trolley line, operated by an overhead wire, covers a 6- by-10-foot area in the city portion of the layout.

The open house will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, and Dec. 2 and 3. Another open house is planned for Jan. 6 and 7. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The club headquarters is at 2066 Second Street Pike, between Swamp and Tapeworm Roads. For more information, call 215-953-0168.

OPERATION SANTA CLAUS. Live reindeer will pull Santa Claus into Ardmore at 11 this morning. Accompanied by local fire trucks and costumed characters, Santa and his sleigh will parade around Suburban Square, a complex of 60 stores and specialty shops on Montgomery Avenue.

As part of Operation Santa Claus, St. Nick will set up shop on a park bench in the square, where children can visit him rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. The visit is coordinated by the management office of Suburban Square.

Proceeds from the sale of Santa photographs, coloring books and animal feed will go to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For more information, call 610-896-7560.

TREE-LIGHTING AND PARADE. The Christmas holidays will officially begin in Bristol Borough when the lights adorning a 20-foot tree are turned on at 7 this evening.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Mill Street Business Association, will include entertainment by the Men of Harmony and the Bristol Junior-Senior High School band. Costumed characters will be on hand, and refreshments will be served at the foot of Mill and Radcliffe Streets. For more information, call 215-788-4288.

Tomorrow, Santa comes to town during the Bristol Borough parade, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The parade, which will start at Farragut Avenue and Cleveland Street and end at Mill and Cedar Streets, will last about 3 1/2 hours.

Performing will be high school bands, string bands, ragtime bands, drum and bugle corps, and bagpipers. Personalities will include cowgirl Sally Starr and children's favorites Captain and Mrs. Noah. The Shriners will be represented by a clown unit, motorcycle brigade, equestrians, bands and floats.

Bringing up the rear will be Santa Claus and his elves, who will collect letters addressed to the toymaker. Letters with a return address will be answered.

Parking is recommended in the municipal parking lot behind Radcliffe Street, at the train station on Prospect Avenue, and on the street on Wilson Avenue and on Jefferson Avenue. The rain date for the parade is Sunday. For more information, call 215-785-1241.

SANTA AND STORYTELLING. Jolly Old St. Nick will make his way into Doylestown Borough by fire truck at 6 this evening. The fire truck will drop him off at a specially designed Victorian house, his Doylestown headquarters during the holiday season. Situated in Mellon Plaza, at State and Main Streets, the house can accommodate a couple of families at a time for photographs and videos.

Children can listen to stories of Christmas and Hanukkah starting at 7 p.m. at the David Frame Shop, directly across from Santa's house. Cookies and cider will be served and musicians will perform during the evening festivities, which are sponsored by the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance.

To put under Santa's tree, families can bring wrapped gifts for needy children. During the holidays, Santa will be home from 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays,

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 215-340-9988.

HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW. Old World Santas, folk art, antiques, dolls and teddy bears are among the items that have been selected for "Once Upon a Christmas," a juried craft show and sale in the restored barn on the grounds of the Pearl S. Buck House, 520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie.

About 50 area artisans will display their handiwork at the show, which opens today and continues through Dec. 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Evening hours, from 6 to 8 p.m., are scheduled for today and next Friday. Admission is free.

The show is being coordinated by Gathering of Friends, a group based at the Pearl S. Buck House. For more information, call 215-249-0100.

MERCER MUSEUM. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 this afternoon will mark the reopening of the Log House at the Mercer Museum, Ashland and Pine Streets, Doylestown Borough.

From 1 to 4 p.m., there will be free demonstrations of open-hearth cooking and spinning, and a variety of hands-on activities, including shaving shingles and brushing wool.

The one-room Log House, which was destroyed by fire in October 1994, has been reconstructed and furnished in a style typical of the late 18th century. Programs about early American family life are conducted for elementary school children and summer campers.

From 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow, a collection of firearms from the 18th century through World War II will be on display at the Mercer Museum. Visitors will learn how the guns were cleaned, assembled and fired.

The hands-on program is included with the museum admission of $5 for adults, $4.50 for adults 65 and older, and $1.50 for students. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free. For more information, call 215-345-0210.

GUITARISTS PERFORM. Acoustic guitarists Mark Cosgrove of Pipersville and Rolly Brown of New Hope will play individually and together at a show scheduled for 8 p.m. tomorrow at Pebble Hill Church, 320 Edison-Furlong Rd., Doylestown Township.

Both men have won guitar titles at the National Flatpicking Championships in Kansas.

Tickets are $12. For more information, call 215-340-9930.

Neighbors welcomes news about art and entertainment in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Please send all information, including a telephone number for verification, to Valerie Reed, Bucks County Neighbors, 830 Town Center Dr., Langhorne, Pa. 19047.

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