The OCSMR club in Lakewood, New Jersey on the Jackson and Howell borders of Lakewood serving the Monmouth/Ocean Counties has moved from All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakewood where we have been located there since 1992. We vacated the church basement completely on September 24, 2016 and are now located inside Pine Park in Kuser Hall next to Lakewood Country Club and Maggie's restaurant off of West County Line Road on the Lakewood/Jackson border. Our club www.ocsmr.com is a dual gauge club with HO and O gauge combined in one club. Last night was our first meeting in our new home as a club.
A little history behind why we made the move. Since we were located in a basement of a church for 24 years that has been around for close to 100 years, we had a small problem with the last, not the current pastor, it was time to look elsewhere for another location. We were able to move to an old boys school built in 1927 called “The Newman School” into Kuser Hall which is 1 of 5 buildings that was left untouched by Lakewood township and was the science and physics building. It is built like a fortress with poured concrete walls and bricked ceilings and can withstand any rumblings from God.
The move did come with costs involved to our club. We had to fully renovate a basement of a school built in the1920's that ceased operation in the 1960's. All I can say it was a task that started 2 years ago for us with the result now that we have 2 operating layouts that are being landscaped and scenicked.
So our club will continue to be known as the Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders. Check our website, (www.ocsmr.com), and facebook page for updates of what we started out with at Kuser Hall and where we are at now.