The New Jersey

Layout Design/Operations SIG

and RPM Meet

The Second Annual NJ Layout Design/Operations SIG and RPM Meet is now history!  We had 100 people participate in a full day of presentations, plus two days of layout tours! Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of so many model railroad manufacturers and hobby vendors, 78 door prizes were given away! 

Event organizer Ted DiIorio (center) presents a check for $700 to Special Education Principal Lisa Tauscher (far left) and Regular Education Principal Jeffrey Lerner (far right). 

$500 will establish a Special Education Scholarship award for one Special Education Student who has accelerated in their studies, is a model citizen, and plans on attending a post secondary school.  The remaining $200 will help fund the student shop awards



Angela La Morte of Skills USA is presented with a $500 donation from event organizer Ted DiIorio. These funds will assist in reducing student costs to attend the National Skills USA event. 







We thank the Union County TECH Skills USA Chapter for providing great food and drink. As you can see from the above photos, our event raised a nice amount of money for their group and a scholarship fund at the school.

The organizers of the New Jersey Layout Design, Operations, and RPM meet thank you for attending the 2014 event. A huge thanks to a great staff for helping make the meet a big success: Tom Callan, Ted DiIorio, Jim Fawcett, Ralph Heiss, Dave Owens, Greg Pierre-Louis, Dave Ramos, and Jeff Sankus.

We'll be back again next November 14 and 15 in the Union County Vocational-Technical School for another great day of model railroading. Save the date and make your plans!

Thanks to our co-sponsors, the NMRA Garden State Division, and to these manufacturers and vendors who generously contributed door prizes.

Atlas Model Railroad Co.
Archer Transfers
Bethlehem Car Works
Blair Line, LLC
Bowser Manufacturing
Exact Rail
Eric-Lackawanna Railroad Historical Society
Fast Tracks
Funaro & Camerlengo
Hoquat Hobbies
Intermountain-Railway Co.
Kadee Quality Products
Maryland & Pennsylvania RR Historical Society
National Model Railroad Association
Penn Central Railroad Historical Society
Prime Mover Decals
Raritan Bay Hobbies
Rix Products
RLN Publishing
Short Line Hobbies
Sylvan Scale Models
Tahoe Model Works
Tangent Scale Models
TCS - Train Control Systems
Woodland Scenics

Thanks to these vendors participated in the 2014 meet!

Bethlehem Car Works
Eric-Lackawanna Railroad Historical Society
Maryland & Pennsylvania RR Historical Society
Penn Central Railroad Historical Society
RLN Publishing
Short Line Hobbies




Don't forget to check out the wrap up from our 2013 event.

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Many thanks to Art Kuperstein and Paul Tupaczewski for sharing their images.

Ted DiIorio takes on his most important duty of the day, calling out door prize winners! Many thanks to Ted for all of his work to make this another success.

Ralph Heiss demonstrated many weathering techniques through the day.


Hiram Groves displayed an S scale coal dock and sand house.

A variety of HO scale models following northeastern prototypes was displayed by Tim Moses.

These are a couple of the HO scale models reflecting the 19th century prototypes that Craig Bisgeier produces through the Amesville Shops.

Jim Homoki detailed this HO scale model to reflect an early 1970s appearance.

Jeff Sankus displayed progress on this HO scale Port Jervis coal dock.

Layout design details were on display blending prototype information and layout space application.

Ralph DeBlasi brought a few recent HO scale projects along for display and discussion.


Attendees had the opportunity to visit several notable home model railroads on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks again to Paul Tupaczewski for sharing his images. Many more can be seen through our Facebook page.

Joe Calderone models in HO scale with a focus on the Delaware & Hudson.

Layout visits are a great opportunity to gather ideas and meet modelers with similar interests.
Here's another look at Joe Calderone's busy D&H layout.

A passenger extra threads through a narrow valley on Joe Calderone's D&H layout.

Not all layouts on the tour are complete, but there are always ideas at hand.
Jim Fawcett is discussing benchwork on his HO scale Baltimore & Ohio Old Main Line layout.

A future helix location on Jim Fawcett's HO scale Baltimore & Ohio Old Main Line layout. The brown masonite sheet is partially mocked-up to determine if a backbone helix will work. Note the black marks on the wall to the right are portals for track.

Jim Homoki's HO scale Newark Terminal features Penn Central and Central of New Jersey railroad elements in the 1969-1974 era.

Jim Homoki enjoys the equipment variety of the 1969-1974 railroad era, as well as the scenery opportunities of his New Jersey locale.


Tony Koester opened up his HO scale Nickel Plate Road, Third Subdivision for event attendees.
It was one of the favorite stops along the tour.

A look down the aisle at Tony Koester's layout gives you an idea of his multi-level model railroad.

Here's the east end of Tony's NKP with the Frankfort, Indiana, depot and team track yard.

Ted DiIorio discusses some goals of his HO scale Maryland & Pennsylvania layout with a few visitors.

Here's a portion of the York terminal on Ted DiIorio's Maryland & Pennsylvania.

A layout visitor gets a different view of the helix and staging areas on Dave Olesen's CSX Alleghany Subdivision.

Dave Olesen's HO scale CSX Alleghany Subdivision is set in 1986. Much of the track is installed and operating.

In progress views are a common element of many home layouts. Dave Olesen has been making great progress here.

One last view of Dave Olesen's CSX Alleghany Subdivision.

The HO scale New York Harbor Railroad hosted several visitors. Dave Ramos includes waterfront operations of the New York Central, Lehigh Valley, and Erie on his circa 1947 layout.

Dave discusses details of the Lehigh Valley's West 27th Street Yard to a visitor.

The New York Central facility at St. John's Park is a busy industrial structure at the southern end of the High Line.

A hub of activity on Dave Ramos' railroad is the New York Central's 30th Street Yard.

Jerry Woolley's HO scale New York and Long Branch was open for event attendees.

Many visitors enjoyed reviewing Jerry's LED lighting installation as well as the brackets used to support the upper level of the layout

Scenery is in the early stages on Jerry Woolley's New York & Long Branch. This river crossing is a hint of scenes to come.

The HO scale Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern of Perry Squier was open for visitors. This mostly sceniced layout is set in the early 1920s and features a stable of steam locomotives. The small Olean, NY, engine facility is seen above.

The McKean oil refinery is representative of the industries found along the Shawmut mainline that wanders through north central Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.

Perry keeps moving ahead with a multi-level portion of the Shawmut. This represents the mainline south of St. Mary's, Penna, where several coal mines were served.

The St. Mary's yard on Perry Squier's HO scale Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern.

We'll be back again next November 14 and 15 in the Union County Vocational-Technical School for another great day of model railroading. Save the date and make your plans!



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