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November, 2017 .... Issue 11
Anita Brown, Donna & Larry Grady, Bob & Patti Moffit, Ed Ramming & Al Schmidt


Last Run At Frank's

Bobbie and Al Schmidt hosted this month's meeting. .

We were warm and cozy in the Grace Church Parish House. Al provided an N scale train, which Bill Keller was able to setup and get running.

We had a wonderful lunch of pulled pork sandwiches with side salads and of course, great desserts. The food was enjoyed by all.

Attending: Alice Irizarry, John Craven, Ed Ramming, Joan Bishop, Bill Keller, Joe Profetto, Donna and Larry Grady, Patti and Bob Moffit, Susan and Phil Hatrak, Becky and Jim Lincoln, Jim Fox, Lou Riciardi, Ned Young, Al and Bobbie Schmidt and Brian Steager.


Ed Ramming. Pres. called the meeting to order at 2 P.M. with a flag salute and the Pledge of Allegiance. President Ed Ramming thanked Bobbie and Al for their work on this luncheon.

Treasurer: Donna Reported all bills have been paid. Also, the club has received acknowledgements for donations in memory of Larry Paakh and Rudy Irizzary.

Sunshine: Patty Reported 4 Birthday Greetings sent out.

Also 2017 end of year report as follows:

60 Birthday Cards sent
4 Sympathy Cards sent
3 Welcome Cards sent.

Also noted Phil Hatrack made a visit to the "Engine Repair Facility". Phil is doing well and on his feet. Way to go Phil.

Communications: Al reported that Jim Marshall will not be able to attend the Ocean City Train Show but has offered his buildings. Jim will deliver them on Friday and Pick them up on Sunday. Thank you Jim.

Web Master: No Report.
Welfare: No Report.


Ocean City Christmas Show, December 2nd & 3rd with setup on the 1st.

Show Coordinator, Al Schmidt:

All participating members need to wear a club badge. If you need one, let Al know and he will have one for you at the show.

Al reconfirmed the information we need to send to Kathy for trailers to come up on the boardwalk for the show. She will need a copy of the:

1. Vehicle insurance,
2. Vehicle & trailer registration
3. Driver's license of person driving.

Jim Lincoln has emailed his information to Kathy. There was a request for the postal address for Kathy:

Kathryn A. Caraballo
City of Ocean City, NJ
861 Asbury Ave.
Ocean City, NJ 08226

Al reported the Ocean City Schedule:

Track set up noon on Friday Dec 1,
Scenery set up about 2P.M. Friday Dec 1,
Show dates Dec 2 & 3 starting at 10A.M.
Breakdown Sunday Dec 3 after show approx. 4 P.M.

Patti reported that Thomas and his friends are ready. She also reported that candy canes are purchased and adequate engineer certificates on hand.

Please plan to bring what you can. We can use rolling stock, houses, people and snow blankets.

Jim Marshall cannot attend the Ocean City Train Show but has offered his buildings for our use. Thanks, Jim.

We will have a coffee urn and some donuts available to sustain workers. Jim and Becky plan to provide hot sandwiches similar to last year.

Remember that the club will provide up to $20/meal/per day for those working all day to setup (Friday) and to breakdown (Sunday).

If anyone is staying over, the Foxes and Joe Profetto are staying at the Passport Inn

Permanent Layout-Nemours Children's Hospital
Joe Profetto reported on Nemours Project:

Hoping to get track donated, (Jim Fox donating from his layout). Also hoping to get wood donated from local retailers for base cabinet. Ed Ramming handling electronics.
Joe also presented letters from patients at Nemours to send out to business owners.
Bob Moffit completed and presented diagram for Nemours Layout.
Jim Lincoln said he has plywood for layout from Frank Sheridan's Layout that he is disassembling.

Contact Joe if you can help.

Reorganize the trailer: Al Schmidt, Alice Irizarry and John Craven met with Jim and Becky Lincoln at their house to redesign the trailer and repack it for the O.C. Show. Jim thanked all for their work on that cold day. One side of the trailer is now set up to hold plastic, interlocking tubs. These hold our items much more efficiently than the shelving that was there before.

Newsletter Editor Needed: Many Hands Make Light Work. Al can post it to our web site and email it out BUT he needs help to record build the newsletter.


New Controllers needed for Thomas and Friends. (Post meeting Jim Fox has controllers available) Phil will put Governors on controls to limit speed.

The following nominations (unopposed) were presented:

  • Ed Ramming President
  • Jim Lincoln Vice President

Motion was made by Al, second by Bob to accept nominated members by acclamation for year 2018, motion carried.

Other Venues:
Brian Steager has opportunities for Shows both at Gloucester County (Thurs - Sunday - July 20 - 29 from 10 AM - 10 PM) and Salem County (Tuesday - Friday) State Fairs, possibly in conjunction with Green Planet Nursery. More later.

Spring Luncheon:
Donna asked membership for their opinions on going back to Smithville for annual luncheon. All on board for location and aim for an April 7th date. Will advise when confirmed.

The weekends after Thanksgiving to Christmas there is a train show in Bordentown at the old City Hall and Fire House.

Jim reported that the Shoreline club is having a show December 8th, 9th and 10th.

Meeting adjourned 3:30 PM

December 2 & 3, 2017 10 - 5
Setup on Friday Starting at Noon
Ocean City Music Pier

Please let Al know at or

if you can attend and you will bringing buildings for the layout and/or trains to run.

News You Need to Know

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

Jim and Marilyn Fox will have a new address starting in December.

5205A Kippen Place
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

50/50: Lou Ricardi was the Winner of $30.00. Other prizes were won and enjoyed.


4th Bill Keller
8th Anita Brown
8th Tom Walker
25th Doug Hotmer

December 1st Setup for Ocean City Train Show (starting at noon, decorations @ 2 PM)
December 2nd & 3rd Ocean City Train Show - 6th & Boardwalk Civic Ctr (Take Down @ 3:30 PM on the Final Day)
December Holiday Train Shows

January 14th Club Meeting @ Dr. Mike & Pat Lurakis Please do not arrive before 1PM
February NO Club Meeting
March 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/May Train Show - Green Planet Nursery
May Club Meeting - Ed Ramming & Joan Bishop
June SJGRS Open House Day (10 - 3)
June Club Meeting - Open
July Club Meeting - Open
August Club Meeting - Brian and Clair Steager
September Club Meeting - Open
October Club Meeting - Jim & Becky Lincoln
November Club Meeting - Nominations, Bobbie & Al Schmidt
December 2nd Setup for Ocean City Train Show (starting at noon, decorations @ 2 PM)
December 3rd & 4th 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 2017 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.

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Anita Brown
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201

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Railroad Society
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201


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