The New Jersey Model Railroad

Layout Design and Operations Event


Well the dust has settled and all we can say is WOW! The NJ LD/OP Sig and RPM Meet was successful beyond expectations! We had great presenters, great models, great layout displays!

Over 100 people came out Saturday and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. The Union County TECH Skills USA Chapter provided great food and drink and raised a nice amount of money for their group. We were able to donate much of the proceeds from the door to the UCTECH student uniform fund which helps students who can't afford there shop uniforms or tool kits get them.

The organizers of the New Jersey Layout Design, Operations, and RPM meet thank you for attending the 2013 event. A huge thanks to a great staff for helping make the meet a big success! We'll be back again next year for November 1 & 2, 2014, in same facility, hopefully bigger and better, even if the Giants are playing better. Mark you calendar now and save the date!

Thanks also to our NMRA Garden State Division friends for co-sponsoring the event and to the manufacturers and vendors who generously contributed door prizes.

Fast Tracks
Hoquat Hobbies
InterMountain Railway Company
The Model Railroad Shop
Short Line Hobbies
TCS - Train Control Systems
Tahoe Model Works


Here are a just a couple of the wonderful comments we received about the event:

Steven: My first such event but not my last. I thought it was very information with many sharing information In a friendly and helpful way. My thanks to everyone involved for the efforts expended.

Paul: Agreed, it was a FANTASTIC event! Big kudos to Ted DiIorio and the folks who worked with him to set this up. See you next year?

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And of course, there are photos to review! John McClusky has shared a gallery of event images.

If you missed this event, don't miss the upcoming Railroad Prototype Modelers Valley Forge event, March 28 - 30, 2014 in Malvern, PA!


Many thanks to Art Kuperstein and Paul Tupaczewski for sharing their images. More can be seen through our Facebook page.

Ted DiIorio and Dave Ramos call out door prize winners. These are just two of the event organizers. Thanks for your work!

Jim Lincoln captivated a crowd with his presentation, A Taste for Chocolate: Modeling a Prototype Location Without Compression.


Ramon Rhodes displayed several modern BNSF HO scale diesels.


Andy Rubbo displayed an amazing HO scale PRR interlocking module.
LDsig founder, Doug Gurin, is seen here absorbing some of the fine details.

Attendees are at attention during an intelligence briefing.

The freight canopy of an HO scale Canaan Station, scratchbuilt by Bill Chapin.


Jeff Sankus brought an S scale switching layout for people to operate.

Some of Jeff's S scale freight cars.

This compact S scale layout kept several people busy throughout the day.

Craig Bisgeier displayed this HO scale sewing machine factory.

Jim Lincoln displayed his N scale layout, "The Chocolate", which is based on an actual railroad sidings in Mansfield MA. Jim used printed satellite images reduced to N scale to build the layout. Several people operated this layout throughout the day.


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

Ted Pamprin models in HO scale with a focus on the Chesapeake & Ohio New River Division, circa 1943.

The layout aisle feels like you are in the New River valley with coke ovens and coal transfer facilities of Sewell, WV on the right.

The iconic Thurmond, WV depot.

Andy Rubbo models a portion of the Pennsylvania Railroad Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Division in HO scale.


Andy included many details common to an electrified railroad right of way.

Model Railroad Planning editor Tony Koester opened his doors for visitors.
His HO scale Nickel Plate Road, Third Subdivision has been well documented in the hobby press.

Tony explains the subtle nuances of the Charleston, Illinois yard to Phil Duba.

A look down the aisle gives you an idea of a multi-level model railroad.

Here's the east end of Tony's NKP with the Frankfort, Indiana yard along the bottom left.


Save the date for the 2014 New Jersey LD/OP Sig and RPM Meet!
November 1 & 2, 2014
You don't want to miss another great model railroad meet.




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