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Hey Ben,

Thanks for the kind words and I wish I could move about like they did on Star Trek. You know that I would be there more often to be there on Wednesday's or any other event! You are blessed to have Matt Sniffen there to do the scenic buildings from scratch. He was always & still is a giver, like you, to the hobby. He could take s_ _t and make something of it! He managed to prove to people at a show, one event, that his "Dead Rail" was the only train operating on the Layout as the thunderstorm had knocked out all power in the Raritan Center (Greenbergs Show) and people couldn't believe that there was a train still running with all power off! Matt told them that the engine had it's own generator on board!!! They bought it!!!

     Steam Forever

            John

P.S. "Checks in the mail"

Hey Ben,

First time my eyes have laid eyes on the work he's told me about. Got to admit, I'm choked up! Thanks for posting it! Looks like my red toolbox, in the truck, from my construction days. Have worked at a couple of electrical switch yards in the past. It's a whole different animal with high voltage, and safety is paramont!!! But, if anyone could have pulled this off with the substation, I'm glad it was Matt. I'm hoping that the guy in the bucket truck checked the primary line feeding that transformer with his "hot stick" before putting those cable cutters to that "Hot Primary. I see Matt forgot the pole fuse for the transformer on the pole!!! LOL May be going to the August show at Greenberg's! By the way, the modules he's working on were mine, he bought them just before my departure of N.J. They look great!

      Steam Forever

            John

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@scott.smith posted:

You still have the stores in the region. The Train Loft in Winston Salem, The Little Choo Choo Shop in Spencer and of course Lionel's company owned store in Concord. There is also a used train store at one of the antique malls north of Charlotte. What you need is space and cheap rent to start a club. I am 3 hours north of you in Roanoke. We have a club in the basement of the Virginia Museum of Transportation. We certainly welcome visitors and even new members. We have one associate member that travels to see the club a couple of times a month from Bluefield about 90 miles away. Associate membership is only $5.00 per month. We had a little issue with the fire marshal and we are currently rebuilding the O-Gauge layout. He said we were blocking a secondary exit and made us tear it down.
    We have 7 layouts, I have built and run the tinplate layout. There is On30, HO and N scale layouts currently running. This is the rebuilt benchwork for the O-Gauge.
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We are open Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00. We do have a once a month club meeting which makes a poor time for anyone to visit. I only bring this up since it is this coming Tuesday May 31st. You are certainly welcome to come and visit on any other Tuesday. We are usually open for special events at the museum.

Here is a video of my tinplate layout which is O-Gauge and Standard Gauge tinplate.

The On30 layout is very cool looking and is getting a makeover. We have been fortunate to have some several very nice buildings donated by OGR forum member VA Golfer (Paul Strickland).
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If you are looking to replace your NJ Hi-Railers experience, you will be disappointed . The NJ Hi-Railers have no equals.
Scott Smith

Do you remember what the antique mall was called with the used train store north of Charlotte?

Thanks

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