After 26 years as one of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania's premier family attractions, Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display will close its doors to the public at the end of the business day on Sunday, January 15, 2012.

According to a statement released by the Heery Family, "We have given this decision a tremendous amount of prayerful consideration. Everything has a beginning and an end. This is simply the time to close our doors at the Hooven Mercantile Company Building in Jim Thorpe."

From the vast collection of retired priest Rev. Joseph Kean and his family, this highly-detailed model train display measures 47 feet by 22 feet and features 13 separate mainlines measuring 1,087 feet of track, with some engines pulling as many as 50 railroad cars; over 200 structures - including skyscrapers, houses, churches and stores; over 1,000 lights for a spectacular night scene; a burning building; an old-fashioned football stadium being prepared for a home town game; and much more.

"Since opening our doors to the public on Thursday, August 22, 1985, we have enjoyed sharing this amazing family-friendly attraction with our guests. We now welcome guests who tell us that they brought their children to experience Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display years ago. Now, they bring their grandchildren," continued the Heery Family.

The model train display will continue its popular "Christmas in Toyland" event through the last day of operation. Regular business hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday noon to 5 p.m. "Extra Magic Express Hours" will be extended Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.

Located adjacent to the model train display, Old Mauch Chunk Hobby and Gift Shop offers model railroading merchandise and "Black Swan Primitives" for gift-giving needs.

The Heery Family summed up, "Goodbyes are often difficult. So, this is not 'goodbye.' It's 'Until we meet again.' Thanks for the memories!"

For more information concerning Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display – including an admission discount to the attraction which benefits those in need – please visit or contact the Heery Family at 570-325-4371 or