Welcome to the LaRue Shempp Model Train Exhibit
Larue Shempp was a very young man when he first watched with fascination as trains arrived and departed from his home town of Williamsport. He began collecting, buying train sets at local auctions. His collection came to include over 300 trains, with many rare examples. Many of the trains are one of a kind; some a prototype for models never built.
The collection was purchased by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania in 1984 and exhibited here at the Historical Society, with the Foundation ultimately donating it to the Museum in 2004.
The Shempp Train collection is a unique, must-see experience for anyone with an interest in toy trains.