This show is our big event for December each year. It gives us a chance to get
together for the hholiday season to decorate a layout and run trains for the holiday
crowds, in addition to what we do at the shore mall. (We also get to do a bit
A special treat for the attendees is the Thomas layout. Thomas
and his colorful buildings this year had an addition of a loop for Mickey and
Goofy. Each child who operated the Thomas loop received their traditional certificate
(good for 1 year) as a train operator.
The new design of the layout (developed
by Ed DeSipio, Bob Beare, Fred Neal, Tom Tomasello, Jim Lincoln and Ned Young)
allowed more track, more buildings and a larger area for the visitors to get up
close to the trains.
Bob Edmunds donated winter flowering cabbages and members
donated poinsettias that were place around the layout and acted as a very colorful
We were written up in the Atlantic City Press. It was a very
good article and gave exposure to our clubs efforts.
Bill Keener, Anita's son
picked up the trailer and delivered it to the Music Pier. And Jim Lincoln transported
it to Cape May for the Atkinson show.
We had a lot of support but could have
used more during the Saturday rush. We had over 800 people come into the pier.
We gave out 400 candy canes and 300 Thomas certificates to the children. Patti
Moffit brought a train stamp and kids were delighted to walk around with "Thomas"
on their little hands.
Ed DeSipio set up a Thomas extravaganza for the kids
to run Thomas. Jim Fox provided a Disney train for the upper track. As usual Ed
did a smashing job and both young and old loved it.
Helping to set up, tear
down & Run Trains & support the show: Ed DeSipio, Bob Beare, Fred Neal, Jim &
Marilyn Fox, Tom & Anita Brown, Joe Profetto, Jim Marshall, Tom & Marie Tomasello,
Bill Keller, Al Schmidt, Jim Lincoln, Bob Edmunds, Elaine Grindlinger, Al Karl,
Don McGahn, Bob & Patti Moffitt, Larry Paakh, Judy & Kevin MacKinsey.
crew started on Friday at 12:30 and worked very hard all afternoon and were finally
left when the building was closed for the night. But their efforts made the layout
a great treat for everyone who attended the show.