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Ted, the good news is there is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. The bad news is we have to continue to be smart and do all we can to protect ourselves, loved ones and others until sometime spring 2021.

As I told you, the years I spent as a member of the OCSMRR's were tremendously important. The refuge it offers as well as the source of fun, fellowship and purpose will be wonderful to return to once we are "out of the woods".

I highly recommend anyone who can visit the club upon re-opening to plan a date. There are some wonderful people who frequent those tracks.

Some views of the clubs previous layout:

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Here are 2 pictures of a scene that was done just prior to us closing up on March 19, 2020. The MTH house on fire will not be used, only the smoke unit. All the street lights were wired up and tested to work.

It is now 10 months and we are still closed and not able to do any type of layout work there. Myself and someone else go there weekly to check on the club and the building and pick up any phone messages there.

I did take down the Union Pacific 2020 calendar and waiting for Bud to give me the 2021 calendar hoping 2021 will bring us hope for a better tomorrow.



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Here are 2 pictures of a scene that was done just prior to us closing up on March 19, 2020. The MTH house on fire will not be used, only the smoke unit. All the street lights were wired up and tested to work.

It is now 10 months and we are still closed and not able to do any type of layout work there. Myself and someone else go there weekly to check on the club and the building and pick up any phone messages there.

I did take down the Union Pacific 2020 calendar and waiting for Bud to give me the 2021 calendar hoping 2021 will bring us hope for a better tomorrow.



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We'll be back before you know it! Smoking the **** out of the room!

Numerous sightings of the 2021 Union Pacific calendar have been reported.  Only documented image is one with only limited detail of the calendar and is obscured and concealed by other objects.  One cannot definitively say that it is the "calendar".  One can only surmise.  With great cunning and risk the image below was obtained.

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The viewer will have to make their own decision as to whether or not the 2021 Union Pacific calendar really exists.  Somewhat reliable rumors say that the "calendar" was located in an undisclosed area and has since been placed in a secure and remote facility.  Hopefully, it will revealed when conditions are such that we all can gather and view it without concern for our well being.

Ah, the JLC GG1.  It was sidetracked on a remote unused siding.  Since that time, much has grown up around the site making it difficult to see and locate the engine.  Will require an expedition to recover it.

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So I did get an update on the reopening of the building by the township and it was NOT what I wanted to hear. We can only go there for a few hours on a Monday while the museum folks are there and it can only be a few of us at a time. I did survey my 40 members and 30 of us are fully vaccinated with 4 or 5 being kids under 16. Does not matter to the township, they refuse to reopen any of their buildings. Very frustrating to say the least since it is now 14 months being closed. Obviously, we cannot meet as a full club for some time but we asked to allow us access there when we can and it was to work as a small group on the both layouts.

I will keep folks updated when the news does change.

So I did get an update on the reopening of the building by the township and it was NOT what I wanted to hear. We can only go there for a few hours on a Monday while the museum folks are there and it can only be a few of us at a time. I did survey my 40 members and 30 of us are fully vaccinated with 4 or 5 being kids under 16. Does not matter to the township, they refuse to reopen any of their buildings. Very frustrating to say the least since it is now 14 months being closed. Obviously, we cannot meet as a full club for some time but we asked to allow us access there when we can and it was to work as a small group on the both layouts.

I will keep folks updated when the news does change.

Lot's of rich people in Ocean and Monmouth county.  Go find yourself a private sponsor and building.  Then tell the twp to stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

Glad I left that state 17 years ago.

Ron

Folks,

I read the responses and we just can’t pick up and leave since we invested a lot of sweat labor in renovating the basement area and building 2 large layouts.
We have a favorable lease agreement with the township that does not affect our bottom line. Both the museum and the club have to abide by how the township proceeds in reopening. Am hoping something will happen positively since Governor Murphy is lifting a lot of bans/closings/protocols on May 19.

Folks,

I read the responses and we just can’t pick up and leave since we invested a lot of sweat labor in renovating the basement area and building 2 large layouts.
We have a favorable lease agreement with the township that does not affect our bottom line. Both the museum and the club have to abide by how the township proceeds in reopening. Am hoping something will happen positively since Governor Murphy is lifting a lot of bans/closings/protocols on May 19.

My club is still closed also.  We are waiting for the county and city to reopen.  The club is in a city park in a city owned building.

I don't view it as a big deal.  What is another month after waiting this long?  NH Joe

Dear Ted, et al,

Come down to your southern neighbors in Atlantic County as the Patcong Valley Model RR Club will have a Open House May 15th and 16th from 10AM to 3PM at our club home located at 1308 Harding Hwy, Richland NJ 08350.

We are open in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the Cape May Seashore Line run from Richland to Tuckahoe Nj



Check us out on Facebook at Patcong Valley Model Railroad .

Hope to see you there !!!!  John P.Dunn Sr. PVMRR Member 609-432-2871

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We will be set up here on May 15-16 running trains for the public. Our 1st public display in 14 months.


Antiques, Crafts, and Collectibles Faire

Location: Toms River High School South

The Ocean County Historical Society will be partnering with the Toms River South History Club to hold our 34th Annual Antiques, Crafts, and Collectibles Faire in the Toms River High School South Cafetorium located on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. This two-day Faire will take place on Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 – 3:00and Sunday, May 16 from 10:00 – 3:00.

There will be over 50 tables of antiques, crafts, and collectibles, plus NJ history books, baked goods, local historical societies’ exhibits, classic car display by the NJ Shore Region National Chrysler Products Club, model railroad display by the Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders Club, World War I reenactors, Civil War reenactors (including musket firing), local artist exhibits, renown Jersey Shore artist Cathleen Engelsen, music, children’s entertainment, snack bar with hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, bagels, soft drinks, etc., 50/50, free tours of the Ocean County Historical Society’s Elizabeth Sculthorp Force House, and more! Displays will include Allaire Village costumed tradesman, 1880s baseball costumes, and a suffragist exhibit with free commemorative giveaways.

Admission is $2 each day for people 18 and over. Masks are required. For information, please call Jeff at 609-339-9134.

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Dear Ted, et al,

Come down to your southern neighbors in Atlantic County as the Patcong Valley Model RR Club will have a Open House May 15th and 16th from 10AM to 3PM at our club home located at 1308 Harding Hwy, Richland NJ 08350.

We are open in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the Cape May Seashore Line run from Richland to Tuckahoe Nj



Check us out on Facebook at Patcong Valley Model Railroad .

Hope to see you there !!!!  John P.Dunn Sr. PVMRR Member 609-432-2871

John,

Thank you for the invite. Perhaps we can get some members together and visit your club at a later date. I have members who would like to get together one day for some train talk!!

Ted

A mystery object for your perusal - it does exist

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Hopefully we're getting close to reopening and runnin' some trains.

Some pix from the Ocean Counties' Antique, Craft and Collectible Fair.  It was fairly well attended on Saturday but Sunday's attendance was extremely light.  For us. we may be getting a few new members because of it.

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Ed's N-Gauge layout.

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Doug had some interesting O-Gauge American Flyer (tho he did have his AF S-Gauge gang car running).

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Dennis' Area 51 train.

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Ted's PW 2046 hauling a string of a dozen O-scale cars.

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Frank's restored tinplate.  He's an HO guy who has quietly been acquiring some interesting O-Gauge.  Guess the sounds and smoke from the O-Gauge room has lured him from the serenity of the HO- Gauge room into this dark activity.

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My Memorial Day celebration train.

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And cars.

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And, there is a club member who was coveting this magnificent 1969 Chevy Chevelle.

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Hope to report layout progress soon.

Be well.

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