The New Jersey

Layout Design/Operations SIG

and RPM Meet

Save the date!

:: October 25 - 26, 2014 ::

The Union County Vocational-Technical School is our location.
1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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The event is co-sponsored by the Garden State Division, Northeastern Region, of the National Model Railroad Association

Registration is only $20 in advance or at the door.

Click here for the Registration form (PDF file)
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The best hobby bargain in New Jersey!!

In addition to the model railroad layout design and operations focus, the event has a large room for Railroad Prototype Modeler displays! Many tables will be available to display your latest railroad model projects in finished or unfinished forms.

Hotels in the area:

Best Western Westfield Inn
435 North Avenue W, Westfield, NJ 07090
Call to Book: 1-855-276-7320
Holiday Inn Clark
36 Valley Road, Clark, New Jersey 07066
Contact: 732-574-0100
Kenilworth Inn – Kenilworth
60 S 31st St, Kenilworth, NJ, 07033
Contact: ‎866 539 8430‎

Check out the 2013 event details here.

Download this campus map so you can easily find your way to the event!


Saturday October 25 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A day of presentations focused on model railroad layout design and operations. Several of the region's top model railroaders will discuss their experiences and lessons learned as they designed their layouts for operations. 

Here are the speakers lined up for presentations. More clinic titles will be posted soon. This is an alphabetical list and subject to change.

Craig Bisgeier - Designing and Building a Laser-Cut Boxcar
Ralph De Blasi - Lehigh Valley Railroad, Wyoming Division: A design primer
Jim Dalberg - Lackawanna Passenger Trains: its equipment, plus modeling its operations.
Jim Fawcett - Designing a layout based on the B&O's Old Main
Ralph Heiss - Hands on: Weathering with Pan Pastels
Jay Held - Erie Lackawanna TOFC
Rob Hinkle - Researching and Designing a Reading Company Layout
Tony Koester - Creative Kitbashing
Bob Nalbone - Commuter Trains and their operations
Ramon Rhodes - Five Crossings, Five Junctions, and Two Sets of Joint Track,
                             Designing the BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision [Layout Design Elements From The Prototype],
Part 2
Bill Schaumburg - Touring the American Rock Salt Company
Jim Schweitzer - How to apply TT&TO to your layout

A tentative presentation schedule can be downloaded. The rooms and presentations are subject to change.

Travers Stavac will be on hand to promote the Layout Design SIG and staff a layout design consultation desk for the event.

Lunch and dinner can be found at several good local eateries. Details will be available at the event.

A few home layouts will be open for a Saturday evening self-guided layout tour. Several more home layouts will be open on Sunday. All layouts are HO scale.
Maps and layout details will be distributed at the event to all registrants. Your event badge will be required to visit the layouts.

Saturday evening self-guided tour layouts open between 6:30 pm and 10:00 pm (some layout times may vary):
Joe Calderone - Delaware & Hudson Railroad
Jim Fawcett - Baltimore & Ohio Old Main Line
Jim Homoki - Newark Terminal: Penn Central/Central New Jersey, circa 1969-1974

Many thanks to these model railroad companies that have donated 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

Vendors interested in donating door prizes or attending the event to sell merchandise should contact Jeff Sankus for details.

The following vendors will have tables of hobby items for sale during the event.

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













Sunday October 26 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Self-guided layout tours.  Here's a chance to visit and see some of the best layouts the area has to offer. 
Here are the 2014 layouts open on Sunday! (some layout times may vary)

Craig Bisgeier - Housatonic Railroad in 1892
Ted DiIorio - Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, Pennsylvania Division, circa 1943
Tony Koester - Nickel Plate Road, Third Subdivision
Dave Olesen - CSX Alleghany Subdivision, Circa 1986
Dave Ramos - New York Harbor Railroad: New York Central, Lehigh Valley, and Erie waterfront operations, circa 1947
Andy Rubbo - Pennsylvania Railroad Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Division
Perry Squier - Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern
Jerry Woolley - New York and Long Branch

All layouts are HO scale.
Maps and layout details will be distributed at the event to all registrants. Your event badge will be required to visit the layouts.

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