Friday, January 31, 2014

NMRA Garden State Division Winter Meet

Received the following via email.

NMRA Garden State Division
Winter Meet  
Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 9:00 am
(Storm date: Saturday, February 22nd)
Scotch Hills Country Club
820 Jerusalem Road,
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Activity Donation: $6.00
Meet Activities
Coffee and donuts will be served.
The Division Annual Business Meeting will take place first with short presentation of Officer and Director Reports, proposed changes to the Constitution, and election of Division Officers and Directors.
The popular ‘Works-in-Progress’ program will be featured from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a break and a self-guided afternoon tour of five outstanding area layouts.
The “WIPS” Clinics
The ‘WIPS’ format has proved very popular and features multiple, simultaneous, mini-group clinics in which a clinician can intimately detail their work on a given project and engage in casual conversation with 6-8 attendees for 20-30 minutes before the groups rotate to another “WIP”. The GSD is currently evaluating many potential WIPS including, but not limited to, weathering techniques with PanPastels, building Fast-Tracks turnouts, unique techniques with Super Trees, molds and resin castings and railfan photography.
Follow updates on the GSD website at for a final schedule of
 “Bring ‘n Brag” Display
Door Prizes
Achievement Program Model Judging
After the meet there will be FOUR home layouts
and ONE great club layout to visit.
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 5:00 p.m.
Jeff Taylor in Scotch Plains
Jeff Taylor’s Rockaway Southern Railroad is a short line providing North-South bridge and local freight service between South Plainfield and Dover, NJ. Interchange and track rights are provided with the CNJ, Lehigh Valley and Erie-Lackawanna around 1964.
Jim Fawcett in Scotch Plains
Meet Coordinator Jim Fawcett will be unveiling his B&O “Old Main Line ” as a true work-in-progress with a display of outstanding benchwork, creative lighting and thoughtful backdrop design that he has completed prior to trackwork.
Andy Rubbo in Metuchen
Andy Rubbo’s New York Division of the PRR was featured in Great Model Railroads 2013. It features astounding detail including hand-fabricated overhead catenary and stunning urban scenery.
Ralph Heiss in South Plainfield
The Lehigh Valley Harbor Terminal Railway by Ralph Heiss models the Lehigh Valley in and around the  New York waterfront around 1951. The intricate switching challenges brought operators throughout the nation to South Plainfield this past April as part of the renowned Pro-Rail event.
The Model Railroad Club in Union
The massive, but still-expanding layout of The Model Railroad Club. Enjoy an up close and personnel look at this great layout from area usually closed off during the public exhibitions.
Layout maps will be available at meet only
For additional details go to our newsletter:
We will have a “White Elephant” table.
Bring your unwanted items to sell.
There are always bargains here!
The NMRA Garden State Division is at