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NATIONAL COLLECTORS CLUB: Sunday October 28, 2018 - Wayne PAL - Wayne, NJ
Show Time: 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM - setup 7:30 AM

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wayne PAL Show Report - May 20, 2018


Yes - another success!

Initially it looked like we'd be a bit short handed, so a pair of fairly basic "L" shaped layouts were
designed by Dave F.  In fact, we had a good turnout of both modules and engineers, from an early
setup right through breakdown! 

Brian, Robert and Patrick O arrived around 7:00, followed by Dave F, Dave E, Mike M and Mike
W a short time later.  Frank arrived early in the show, followed by Harry D, Drew, and Lizz
somewhat later.

Dave F, Patrick O, Brian, Dave E, Lizz, and Robert (his new fire scene Double)  provided modules.

We even reversed a pair of doubles that were facing the back so that the scenery would be more
visible to the audience.

We typically had four trains running, with more parked in sidings and the yard.

Dave E had the honor of laying out the new dark-green fabric pieces to hide the wiring between the
rows of modules.  Looked good!

No major problems encountered.

The O-Scalers brought no 'smokers' and no noisy sound systems, although they did provide
some entertainment debating floor space with Dave F!   

-Submitted by Brian H.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Atlantic City N-Scale Gathering - April 27-29, 2018

Another successful show!

The weather was dicey on the drive down Friday for setup, first rain and then fog, but as I neared the
Atlantic City parkway exit the sun broke out!!

When I arrived at the Atlantic County 4-H complex, conveniently located in South Egg Harbor between
the White Horse Pike and the Black Horse Pike, Ray Chaffee and Patrick O were already there and the
tables were set up!  Once the table covers arrived, the setup crew, including Brian and Dave F, and a bit later
Mike M and Dirk, got to work.

The room was easily filled with the 4 N-Trak layouts (Keystone, Brooklyn, Central Jersey, and New Jersey Southern),
the 4-H T-Trak layout, and our NNJ T-Trak layout, plus vendors around the perimeter of the room, so none of the
layouts was full sized!

The 4-H club men women and youths, were excellent hosts, and even included a hot & cold buffet at a nominal
price Saturday afternoon. The show wrapped up Sunday after Erik gathered the participants so that Mike W
could take a group photo.

The T-Trak layout was 32' x 12', using 16 2'x8' tables to form the shape of  a capital "E" laid on it's back, and included
8 outside corners and 4 inside corners.  The Yellow line was broken into 2 loops, the smaller of them being
reserved for running analog.  I'm told that our layout included 53 modules, but there were numerous spare modules
on display inside the layout, or stored out of the way, outside in vehicles, or just left home!  The layout included
numerous interesting modules from members of other clubs.

Saturday saw more operating crew arrive, including Phil, Mike W, Frank, Chet Moore and Konrad Richter.  Mike S
came to run Sunday.  The layout had enough space surrounding it for spectators to walk all the way around, and
numerous young people were welcomed as guest engineers to run participants' trains!  At one point I counted 7
trains running at once (6 DCC)!  Sunday was crowded!

I think that Frank ran more trains than the next three operators combined!! 

The T-trak layout belonging to the 4-H members has seen significant progress since last year.

And all without a single puff of O-Scale smoke!!   :D

Submitted by Brian H.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Wayne PAL Show Report - March 25, 2018

Thanks to Brian H for this write-up

Another successful show!!   Although on Palm Sunday, enough members attended for things to run smoothly.

We had Brian, Mike M, Dave F and Dave E for setup, with modules from all of them plus from Lizz, and we were subsequently joined by Mike W, Patrick C and Lizz.

We were up and running by a few minutes after 9.  Not too crowded, but a fair number of moms with youngsters.

The layout shape was very similar to the layout from the prior Wayne show, but with a quite different mix of modules. And what would a show be without a gremlin or two appearing in the layout at odd times (but nothing too serious)?

And in shocking news - Brian actually brought a box of trains and ran one all day!! 

Earplugs and gas masks would have been handy.  The O scalers started the day with a loco with a faulty sound board, sounding like a loud screechy vacuum cleaner in need of lube, and then later ran a steamer (and caboose) that gave off a fair imitation of the smoke n smell of a swamp fire!

Mercifully, they were packed up and gone before the show ended.

(( AS-BUILT PLAN COMING SOON  ))

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Wayne PAL Show Report - February 11, 2018


Setup started on time at 7:45, with a good turnout of members.  Although Dave & Phil had to do some quick modifications to the layout when we saw that the O scalers had taken more space than usual, we were still running at 9:17, when a brief "Golden Spike" ceremony was held as Mike W connected the last two modules.

We had already cleaned the track, connected the DCC, powered up, and test run, so trains were running immediately.

Present  were Dave F, Dave E,  Liz, Phil, Brian, Frank, Patrick O, Patrick C, Bob Z, Mike M and Mike W


  • Seven people brought modules (around 33 in all). 
  • Lizz, our newest member,  premiered her winter themed endcap in the layout.
  • At times there were at least six trains running, with more waiting parked in the yard and on sidings. 
  • A few minor mechanical issues.  No electrical issues!  
  • And no one was gassed by the O gaugers' smoke,  nor deafened by their noise!!  (Editor's Note: Mike M., Frank, and Phil were bothered by the absolute racket their one train was making)
A great day!! 


Reported by: Brian H.

As Brian mentioned, we needed to change the layout on the fly, and this is the "as-built" plan.



overall layout
"As-built" layout plan


Railfan view

Railfanning along the tracks































Click HERE for additional photos from Dave E.





Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Northeast Regional T-TRAK - Winterfest 2018

Another great N-TRAK / T-TRAK regional event.at Amherst Railway Society's Big Railroad Hobby Show.

Almost all the 2018 participants, including 12 from NNJ!
Show layout