A fast freight crosss a high bridge on the Mon Valley railroad Historical Society model railroad.


The Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society formed in 1987 with a handful of members. The group has grown to more than 25 members and occupies nearly 2500 square feet of a basement in downtown Morgantown, W. Va. Meetings are held each Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., under the Black Bear Cafe at 128 Pleasant Street. Parking is available in the small parking garage beside the building, or just up the street behind the bank. Visiting model railroaders and interested hobbyists are welcome to drop by on Thursday evenings. Be ready to help with a current project.

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Thee official name of the West Virginian Railway Company

Mountaineer Week at WVU!

Our group will be participating in Mountaineer Week festivities on the West Virginia University campus. Our 12 x 32 foot, HO scale display layout will be open for visitors in the Shenandoah Room of the WVU Mountainlair. Here are the days and times the trains will be running!

Friday October 20, from 11 am until 8 pm
Saturday, October 21 from 11 am until 8 pm
Sunday, October 22 from 11 am until 4 pm

We hope to see you at the Mountaineer Week celebration!

Our Holiday Open House details will be published here very soon! The historical society is located at 128 Pleasant Street in downtown Morgantown, W. Va., in the basement under the Black Bear Burritos.

Here are some rail action videos taken on our HO scale layout during recent open house events.

2017 Back To School Open House
2017 Open House - Gary Deavers demonstrates the interlocking
2016 Back to School Open House, Part One
2016 Back to School Open House, Part Two

We thank Larry Linger for producing the videos and sharing them on line.

Check out our web pages on locomotives and freight cars and see what members have done to customize models for the Society's railroad.

Freight Cars

Visit our virtual layout tour here on our website. Several pages of text, images, and track diagrams will carry you along our HO scale mainline to illustrate our project.
Go to the Layout page to begin.


Our group has abided by two missions over the years.

  • to build an HO scale model railroad that none of our members could build alone
  • to learn from each other in order to advance individual skills, abilities and historical knowledge

Drop a line at 43admin@hansmanns.org for more details, or if you are coming through town and would like to visit. We can't guarantee a visit, but we will try to have the door open for you.