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Danville Kids Layout

2/18/2008 - Latest info is now at


An O gauge model railroad layout, built-by and operated-by the kids in the Danville area

Contact Info

Layout Address: 2nd floor of the Christ Memorial Episcopal Church,
located at 120 East Market Street in Danville PA
(the Southwest corner of Pine & East Market streets).

Layout Hours: Saturdays, 10 am - Noon

Contact Phone: Call the Church office (570) 275-3905 Monday thru Thursday, 11 am - 1 pm


This Danville Kid's Layout project was started in 2005 by Church member and volunteer Bob Bomboy (who became a Loose Ties member in Dec 2006). His purpose is to expose kids to building and operating an O gauge model railroad layout -- including kids who might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience model railroading.


Bob Bomboy began this project in 2005 using the trains from his own personal layout. Recently he has begun soliciting donations to equip this Kid's Layout with donated trains, so that he can keep his own trains at home on his layout, rather than having to continuously lug them back and forth. For example, the 2-8-0 steam engine you see in these photos, and the A-A diesel Sante Fe passenger train you see in the video, are Bob's own trains.
If you have any O gauge equipment available for donation to the Church, Bob would very much like to hear from you. Contact him at his home phone, (570) 275-7822.

Photo 1 - Bob Bomboy, standing at right, wastes no time getting the kids working.
(Image captured from the iMovie video editor)


Photo 2 - Bob Bomboy -- standing in far right rear, hidden except the top of his head -- has an amazing ability to keep things calm and orderly in a room full of excited kids, plus 3 trains racing around the tracks, plus a bunch of adults all asking questions at once.
(Image captured from the Quicktime video player)

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Photo 3 - Jan 2007 Press-Enterprise Article.



Photo 4 - Christ Memorial Episcopal Church



Photo 5 - Announcing "Rail Days" at the church.


Photo 6 - Looking at the front of the layout. The train is one of Bob's trains borrowed from his home layout, that he would like to eventually replace with a donated train.


Photo 7 - Another view of the front of the layout.


Photo 8 - Looking at the rear of the layout. The figure-8 portion in the very rear is the original layout that was build in 2005 (see next photo). The double-tracked addition in the front has all been built new for 2006.



Photo 9 - The original Kid's Layout, as constructed in 2005.


This page originat
ed 1/9/07, and modified 2/18/2008 by James Robert Ingram