OCSMR-Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders Club in their new location with many pictures showing our progress.

Hi all:

The OCSMR club in Lakewood, New Jersey has finally made our move 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.  We 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 that has been around for close to 90 years and we had a small problem with the last, not the current pastor, it was time to look elsewhere for a more secure location. The Lakewood Historical Society was renovating an old boys school built in 1927 to locate their newly opened Lakewood museum and offered the entire basement to our club when they heard we had an issue with the church One of the folks on the historical committee was a past club member and a few folks on their committee actually have trains. When they offered the opportunity to us, we jumped on it. They had just signed a 50 year lease from the town with a 25 year extension as they were recreating the archives of Lakewood under one roof when Lakewood was a resort town back in the early 1900's. The museum has priceless memories in 10 gallery rooms that were used at one time as classrooms. Kuser Hall is 1 of 5 buildings that was left untouched which was the science and physics building. Lakewood tore down the other 4 buildings many years ago but left this one alone. It would have cost them too much money to tear it down. It is built like a fortress with poured concrete walls and bricked ceilings.

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. No one has used the basement in 50 years and the historical society did the same renovations to the upstairs and outside which came with some costs. Any building built back in those days were made of poured concrete walls and built to withstand any rumblings from God!!  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 beibg landscaped ans scenicked.

So... we have a nice association with the historical society. When they have their open houses, we do the same. It is a marriage made that benefits both and we are extremely happy to be associated with the Lakewood Historical Society. Very nice folks to share the building with!!! So our club will continue to be known as the Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders. Check our website and facebook page for updates, what we started out with at Kuser Hall and where we are at now.

Thanks.

Ted Bertiger

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders Lakewood, N.J.

www.ocsmr.com

 

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I ran this train last week when I joined. My CNJ freight at its full length.

- Joe

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters, METCA,

Independent Hi-Railers Eastern Division,

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders,

Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS,

Black River Railroad Historical Trust

 http://raritanriver-rr.com/

http://www.blackriverrailroad.com/

 

 

"You're too young to remember the Raritan River!" -Told to me by a man at a train show.

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That's great news!! It sounds like a very good long term location. From what I understand the Midwest Independent Hi-Railers have a similar deal here in NW Indiana at a town's historical center. It really is a great marriage that helps both parties get more visitors. Enjoy the new space and keep those pictures coming!!!

Our webmaster needs to update the site since there is no more layouts at the church basement. They have been torn down and the basement is emptied.

I attached a picture of the O gauge room that we inherited from the very beginning at Kuser Hall!FullSizeRender

Ted Bertiger

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders Lakewood, N.J.

www.ocsmr.com

 

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A LOT of members (both HO and O) put in a LOT of work to get where we are now.  The O-gauge layout has the two lower loops of track operating.  Will have two more loops that are over and under.  Minimum curve is 071 and the max is 105.  Below is a copy of the O-Gauge track plan.

 

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HO has their own room across the hallway from us. Our O gauge room is about 18 x 35 feet and the HO room is about 20 x 40 as they had the added area which was at first to be the kitchen/repair area for both. Plans did change and we were able to build a separate room for O Gauge repairs within a large room down the hallway which the museum converted into their repair/tool room. When the school operated, that entire room served as the coal bunker with the shute being  still intact on the wall and the large coal furnace is right at the doorway there.

Also, in the basement is an original science room lab that they are going to restore. At each end of the hallway, we have 2 storage rooms/closets that we re-built the wood studded walls to keep our modular layouts, etc.

If anyone is in the Lakewood, New Jersey area and wants to visit the actual museum, it is opened on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. We do not have access to the museum other than those hours. They had their opening dedication about 3 weeks ago. If anyone wants to visit our club your best bet is to email me or Locobudd as the phone is not re-connected yet.

Also, both rooms were about the same condition when we started renovating. Hallway was not in much better shape. Many, many hours of sweat labor went into restoring those areas.

Ted Bertiger

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders Lakewood, N.J.

www.ocsmr.com

 

Actually, the O-gauge room is 18 by 36 feet.  The new layout occupies about the same area as the Church layout did.  The shape and wider aisles make the size of the new layout somewhat smaller.  The new layout has a shorter track run (about 150 feet per loop) but there are 4 loops instead of 3 as on the old layout (200 feet each).  So, overall track run is about the same.  The HO-gauge room is 18 by 32 feet.  It was in  better shape than the O-gauge room.

Attached are pix of a recent shot of the O-gauge layout with the same view as the first pic and a view of the HO-gauge room viewed in about the same orientation as the first O-gauge pic.

 

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The O gauge layout photo that Bud just posted with the windows closed up in the rear is the same view of the room with my initial photo. 

QUITE A DIFFERENCE YOU THINK ? We took off about 5,000 pounds of plaster mixed with some concrete off the walls and ceiling, ran electric in the ceiling for the LED lighting, for the AC units and for the 2 ceiling fans. Then double painted all the walls and ceiling.  One heck of a labor Job! 

 

Ted Bertiger

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders Lakewood, N.J.

www.ocsmr.com

 

Joe Mania posted:

You guys have come a long way. I can't wait to come see for myself. 

Wait I think I know you. Didn't you do work for my friend? A lionel postwar S2 Turbine? I think you gave him a break on the bill or something for a Christmas gift.

- Joe

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters, METCA,

Independent Hi-Railers Eastern Division,

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders,

Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS,

Black River Railroad Historical Trust

 http://raritanriver-rr.com/

http://www.blackriverrailroad.com/

 

 

"You're too young to remember the Raritan River!" -Told to me by a man at a train show.

RaritanRiverRailroadFan4 posted:
Joe Mania posted:

You guys have come a long way. I can't wait to come see for myself. 

Wait I think I know you. Didn't you do work for my friend? A lionel postwar S2 Turbine? I think you gave him a break on the bill or something for a Christmas gift.

That's certainly possible. Young guy just getting into the hobby?

Joe Mania

JLM Trains

Joe Mania posted:
RaritanRiverRailroadFan4 posted:
Joe Mania posted:

You guys have come a long way. I can't wait to come see for myself. 

Wait I think I know you. Didn't you do work for my friend? A lionel postwar S2 Turbine? I think you gave him a break on the bill or something for a Christmas gift.

That's certainly possible. Young guy just getting into the hobby?

Yeah, I think he gave it to you at a train show in Milltown, NJ last year..

- Joe

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters, METCA,

Independent Hi-Railers Eastern Division,

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders,

Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS,

Black River Railroad Historical Trust

 http://raritanriver-rr.com/

http://www.blackriverrailroad.com/

 

 

"You're too young to remember the Raritan River!" -Told to me by a man at a train show.

RaritanRiverRailroadFan4 posted:
Joe Mania posted:
RaritanRiverRailroadFan4 posted:
Joe Mania posted:

You guys have come a long way. I can't wait to come see for myself. 

Wait I think I know you. Didn't you do work for my friend? A lionel postwar S2 Turbine? I think you gave him a break on the bill or something for a Christmas gift.

That's certainly possible. Young guy just getting into the hobby?

Yeah, I think he gave it to you at a train show in Milltown, NJ last year..

Yup, that was me. 

Joe Mania

JLM Trains

Hello Ted:

It’s been a long time since we spoke but I wanted to thank you for your story covering the clubs move.

As much as I like operating with our modular club, it would also be nice to have a more permanent location like you and your club now has.

Don’t do as much traveling as I use to, but if I’m in the area I will be sure to contact you.

Please keep posting updates when possible and have a great day.

Charlie

Charlie,

Our club always had a permanent location for the past 24 years in a church basement and we paid rent and utilities. We have moved to the new Lakewood museum that the Lakewood historical society has developed in Kuser Hall, an old boys school that stopped operating in the 60's and the building was pretty much left abandoned for almost 50 years. Then the township leased the building to the society for 75 years for a $1 and they heard about our problems with the church. They offered us the basement but we had to clean it up and renovate it which took many months, about 2 years worth of sweat and labor to get where we are at now.

Our next project is soldering all the gargraves track on the 2- O gauge lines which we have done about 40% of them. We still have 2 more loops to build. Going to have 4 operating lines on this layout. 

Ted Bertiger

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders Lakewood, N.J.

www.ocsmr.com

 

Congratulations!!!!! When is the first look? 

 

TCA, METCA, LCCA, LRRC, MTHRRC, Atlas Golden Spike Club Charter Member, Bergen County Model RRC and NJ HiRailers Member.

 

If you haven't checked out the new NJ HiRailers website please do. Go to the "Photos" page to see galleries of our events and check the "What's New" page periodically to see what we've added.

 

 

 

Pix to where we are now with trackwork.  Plywood was covered with 2x4 ceiling tiles glued to the plywood with reverse side up.

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Scribing track lines.

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Track laying apprentice begins his training.

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Apprentice graduates at the top of his class.

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End of track........?

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First run.

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Fine tuning the position of the roundhouse.

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 Start of track 3.

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Paul - Kinda one dimensional in layout design.  Tried to use what we could from the old layout (trestles were a nice feature and will be incorporated).  The building architect for the historical society recommended 42 inch aisle spacing.  Proved to be a good choice.  Not as tight (or as friendly) as the old layout. 

Hope to see ya at York.

 

Bud's apprentice aka "butch in training" has progressed through a few levels of training.

Level one- track laying, bending curves on pre-cut forms, using the proper amount of screws to secure track to ceiling tiles. We only ordered 10,000 Screws! I am working with a Screw Ball! 

Level two- soldering rails together, wiring between the rail joints and soldering.

Level three- cutting rails properly with Dremel tool ( just completed that training last Saturday). 

And so we go onto track #3. Should get interesting afterwards when we have to do the elevated part.

Ted Bertiger

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders Lakewood, N.J.

www.ocsmr.com

 

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