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We got our new location in Wall, NJ. Take a look at the new plans on our Layout page.

You can still see pictures of our former HO-gauge layout in Asbury Park, with a 300 foot mainline which traversed four rooms. The railroad featured prototype scenes of the Lehigh Valley, Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ), Reading and Erie railroads, modeled after actual places along our route from Scranton, PA to Jersey City, NJ. The layout featured the huge Bethlehem Steel Mill in Bethlehem, PA -- a fantastic model built almost entirely from scratch! Trains roll past the REA building and the infamous Coney Island Texas Weiners in Scranton, past the well-known blue tank in Allentown and call on the docks of Jersey City complete with it's operating McMyler coal dumper... all in 1:87th scale! Sadly, we lost our home and this layout is gone, but we were able to save a lot of scenery and building from the old layout. We can't wait to get started on our next one!

Last Updated: 1/11/2017

Back to Work

First off, I want to thank everyone for their support for our Holiday Show. We collected over 350 toys for Toys for Tots. Now that the Halloween and Christmas shows are finally over, we can get back to work on the layout. (Well, after a well deserved break) We'll continue with the switch machine wiring and building the operators panels and we should have some pictures of the progress in February. Don't get too excited, its just wires....

Layout Update 6/23/16

At the May Open House

Well we really pushed hard to have as much set up and running for the May 2015 open house. Here's a look at what we accomplished. All of our visitors seemed happy to see the progress we made. Take a look at all the pictures.

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Layout Update 2/20/16

The new howe truss float bridge mock-up

In February, there were a lot of little projects under way. Some of them even got finished. :) Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 1/20/16

Doug finishing up the temporary loop

Now that the 2015 Holiday Show has finished, we finally got back to work on the layout and the Museum room. As you can see, the temporary loop went in, now we just have to wire it. Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 11/16/15

Rich installing pilings along the dock

This month we were starting to wire up the mainline track and adding all the pilings and cribbing along the edge of the layout. Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 10/20/15

The finished coal yards

Moving right along... All the track on the aisle side of the layout is complete, except for the lead up to the coal dumper. Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 9/16/15

Bob and Jules aligning the tracks
the ugly switch

Track, Track, Track. The track is finally going in. It's starting to look like a model railroad again, not the plywood central. Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 8/16/15

Car float in its new home
Jersey City return loop

This month, we worked on cutting out the water areas from the layout deck and lowering them to their final height. It took a little while, but it was well worth it. We also put in the return loop deck. Next month we can finally start laying track. Yea! Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 7/9/15

Risers are in place
Decking is being installed

Constrution continued in June. The layout is getting raised up into its final position. The first half of Jersey City is up, and the second
half should go up in the next week or two. We're shooting for track installation in August. Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 6/9/15

coffee station
JC Terminal  tracks

The crews have been busy the last few weeks. One group is touching up the wall trim and paint, another is setting up the Coffee Station (no pun intended) and others are roughing out the track locations on the layout. Take a look at all the pictures.

Steve and Ed put the cabinets up for the new home for the coffee pot. We do have our priorities. :)

Jimmy and Jules started aligning tracks on the layout with help from a few other members. After the track is all roughed in, we can trim the layout deck, put in the risers and start actually laying track. Yea!

Painting Time

painted wall

After adding caps to the layout box frame to complete it, we started painting the room. Not a very exciting picture for you, but we're happy to not have to look at patched walls and spackle anymore. Take a look at all the pictures.

Mike and Jimmy put the bracing on the layout over the weekend to finish the box frame. After we put a second coat of paint on the walls, we can work on the risers and layout deck for the Jersey City side of the benchwork. That should be the beginning of June if all goes well. 

Benchwork has finally begun

benchwork goes in

Wow, this sure took long enough. We've finally started the benchwork for phase 1 of our new layout. The box frames that will support Jersey City, NJ on one side and Taylor, PA on the other are finally up. Take a look at all the pictures.

Next is to attach the L-girders. Then we can put the risers and track support on top. Jersey City gets built first, then the temporary helix to raise the track up to the higher level of Taylor, and finally we work on Taylor. That should give us enough to do for the time being. We have the track for Jersey City's mainline and are awaiting the yard trackage in the next few weeks. Now if they would only finish the lights in the room, ugh. 40 foot down, 60 more to go in phase 2. 

  That's all for now.

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