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May, 2018 .... Issue 5
Anita Brown, Donna & Larry Grady, Bob & Patti Moffit, Ed Ramming & Al Schmidt

Meeting Hosted by Ed Ramming & Joan Bishop

Joan and Ed had a very nice selection of hoagies for the lunch. All of the desserts supplied by the attendees rounded out the lunch, completely! Thanks to all.

During the lunch, we all shared some ideas on what we were doing. Susan and Phil showed us some cars that were created using a 3-D printer. The cars have the shape of the Aristocraft Egg liner. Interesting way to make rolling stock.

 Attending: Ed Ramming, Joan Bishop, Suzanne & Phil Hatrak, Bill Keller, Alice Irizarry, John Craven, Tom Ayers, Monica Weaber, John Seltner, Brian Steager, Donna & Larry Grady, Al Schmidt, Jim Holt, Ned Young and Jim & Marilyn Fox.


Ed Ramming. Pres. called the meeting to order at 2:00 P.M. with a flag salute and the Pledge of Allegiance.
We all thanked Ed and Joan for hosting the meeting and providing the wonderful lunch.

Treasurer: Donna reported all bills have been paid. We are in the black. Donna told us the total cost of the lunch was a little over $600 and that half was paid by the attendees.

Sunshine: Patty Moffit reported: May -- 7 Birthday Cards sent out, May plus 1 verbal wish to Bob Moffit :-)

Member Layouts Catalog
We have set up the web pages to describe each of our layouts. You can see the first ones at:
Or just go to our web site and follow the link.
But we need more members to be represented. Please send Al:

A Description and pictures of your layout. Add as much text as you want and as many photos as you. We have lots of space. Al will add your information to our web site.
Members and visitors can now see what each family's train layout contains. Some will be more than G Scale and that's OK, too.

Alice will make these into a catalog that we can distribute to current and prospective members.

New Member Packet
If you need / want a packet, contact Al



Nemours Children's Hospital

  • Joe has been in the hospital and is now home from rehab.
  • Ed reported that we have prices and configuration for the layout from Jim Shout. The proposed layout is for a 6 ½ft x 16ft platform. The configuration would be a large oval and a circle. The equipment cost is a little over $1,500. This is at a 30% discount off list from Pico (20%) and Jim Shourt (10%). If we can go wider, (7ft versus 6 ½ ft) we could possibly run a different configuration.
  • Those attending the meeting discussed if we want to continue this project given that the cost is much higher than expected due to a lack of full donations of the equipment by Pico.
  • A motion was made, seconded and passed to stop work on this project.

Newsletter Editor: Alice and Al still trying to get together to iron out details for the letter.

June Open House: : We are set for June 9th.
We have 7 sites that will be open. They are Larry & Donna Grady, Mike & Lynn Hannigan, Jim and Kathryn Holt, Alice Irizarry & John Craven, Bill Keller, Al & Bobbie Schmidt and Brian & Clair Steager. Join us all for a great day.


More Activities:
The workshop, with Ed's help, to build utility poles that have lights(LED) will be announced soon by email.

We also discussed what other things would we like to do. The talk centered on small shows. It was decided that if a member identifies a local event that would invite us to run trains, the member agrees to be the coordinator. Al or Ed would send out an email notice asking anyone who would like to help with setup, running and/or take down, to contact the coordinator. If the coordinator feels there is enough help, then the coordinator works out the details. If track and equipment are needed from the trailer, The coordinator contacts Brian to arrange for pickup. Brian will control the inventory.

Meeting adjourned 3:30 PM

June 24, 2018 @ 1:00
Alice Irizarry & John Craven
239 Ridge Road
Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Please contact Alice
if you plan to attend and
will bring a side dish or dessert to share

Spring Open House Tour
June 9th
Details @

News You Need to Know

Prayers for: Becky & Jim Lincoln and Aiden Joe Profetto, Tom & Anita Brown.

50/50: The 50/50 was won by Jim Holt, $30 for Jim and $30 for the club. Other prizes were won and enjoyed.

John Craven has a new F3 for sale. It doesn't fit on the curves of his layout. All he wants is to recover his cost. Contact John, if you are interested.

Jim Fox Asked that the equipment from his layout (now stored with Larry Grady) be offered to club members for a donation to the club. Contact Jim if you are interested. The list of items is:
Misc Items:

6 Track Magnets
6 LGB Track Power Connectors
1 Bumper
2 Rerailer Tracks
2 Aristo Screw Drivers
1 Small Bottle of Aristo Screws

Track- Aristo Curved:

32 Inch

1 Bundle or 9 Sections
2 Bundles of 10 Sections

2 Foot

1 Bundle of 10 Sections

1 Foot

1 Bundle of 4

Track - Aristo Straight:

2 Foot

2 Bundles of 10 Sections
1 Bundle of 9 Sections
1 Bundle of 7 Sections

3 Foot

1 Bundle of 3 Sections

1 Foot

1 Bundle of 2 Sections


1st Alice Irizarry
3rd Ned Young
4th Nancy Hunter
11th Patti Moffit
19th Gibson Young
26th Bob Kruse

January 7th Open House @ Dr. Mike & Pat Lurakis Please do not arrive before 1PM
January 14th Club Meeting @ Dr. Mike & Pat Lurakis Please do not arrive before 1PM
February NO Club Meeting
March 11th Club Meeting @ Grady's
March 30th & 31st East Coast Large Scale Train Show - York PA
April 7th Annual Lunch & Meeting - 1 PM @ Fred & Ethel's Smithville
April 21 & 22 Train Show - Green Planet Nursery*** CANCELLED ***
May 20th Club Meeting - Ed Ramming & Joan Bishop
June 9th SJGRS Open House Day (10 - 3)
June 24th Club Meeting - Alice irizarry/John Craven
July NO Club Meeting
August Club Meeting - Brian and Clair Steager
September 9 Club Meeting - Tom Ayers / Monica Weaber
October 14th Club Meeting - Jim & Becky Lincoln
November 10th Club Meeting - Nominations, Bobbie & Al Schmidt
November 30th Setup for Ocean City Train Show (starting at noon, decorations @ 2 PM)
December 1st & 2nd Ocean City Train Show - 6th & Boardwalk Civic Ctr (Take Down @ 3:30PM on the Final Day)
December Holiday Train Shows

*Dates are subject to change
Please Check for Updates

If you would like to have a meeting in 2018 contact Anita Brown or Al Schmidt. Dates can be changed but we need to set up our schedule in order to plan for shows etc. Contact: or 609-646-1102 OR or 856-672-0172

Check out the web page for calendar information, latest photos and updated directory. Thanks to our Webmaster Al Schmidt for keeping this site updated.

**Names listed with show dates are contact people in addition to the Show Coordinator, if you would like to participate.

If you know someone who would like to advertise in our newsletter, have them send their business card(with a check for $25 which will cover their ad for one year) to:

Anita Brown
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201

We now have a business card that we hand out to people who inquire about our club. Please pick some up, if you can and hand them out to anyone who you think may be interested.


South Jersey
Railroad Society
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201


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