The New Jersey Hi-Railers are hosting a party celebrating O Gauge Railroading Magazine's 50th Anniversary / Birthday!  The staff at OGR is honored and proud to have such a fine organization as the NJHR hosting this event and want to thank each and every one of their members for doing this...!  OGR is promoting the event in the magazine, through email blasts, and on our social media pages to encourage you all to consider attending as this is a once in a lifetime occasion.  The details are in the notice below....hopefully we will see you there!!

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lehighline posted:

That's going to be busy weekend for a lot of people! Its also York weekend. (York ends 10/19/19.)

Chris

LVHR

Chris...you are correct and it is one reason why we decided to have the celebration the following day after York since a lot of folks will be planning to travel...it might be easier for them to plan one more day for our event.

OGR CEO-PUBLISHER posted:
lehighline posted:

That's going to be busy weekend for a lot of people! Its also York weekend. (York ends 10/19/19.)

Chris

LVHR

Chris...you are correct and it is one reason why we decided to have the celebration the following day after York since a lot of folks will be planning to travel...it might be easier for them to plan one more day for our event.

Exactly what I'm thinking.    I usually travel back from York on Friday afternoon.   This October, I've added one more day.   Saturday afternoon is my planned travel day.   

Now with this announcement.   I may have to add another hotel night and attend the party.   Since I travel right through New Jersey on the way back to Maine.  

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This is a great addition to York this October. About 4 or 5 years ago, my wife and I attended York and we went over the following Sunday to see this great layout. Yes we are about 1,200 miles from you all,....but what is another night in a hotel and a few hundred miles to see the largest layout in the country. If you have not seen this layout yet, this October would be great to mark this off of your bucket list. You will not believe it when you see this layout. Plus, the eats and the fellowship is GREAT.

Made it to Trainstocks 1 & 3 I think it was, and would like to pay return visit but it's been a rough year.  Will keep our hopes up. 

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I might make it as I add a day onto the York trip.

We visited the New Jersey Hi-Railers a year or so ago - SPECTACULAR!

Although not yet 100% sure, I will do my best to move heaven and earth to attend this fabulous event and also make it to York on the Friday and Saturday immediately beforehand. Arnold 

I will be there. It's things like this that makes the NJ Hi Railers such a special group to belong too.

Farmer_Bill posted:

Made it to Trainstocks 1 & 3 I think it was, and would like to pay return visit but it's been a rough year.  Will keep our hopes up. 

Try and make it Farmer, it would be great to see you.

Don't forget to RSVP. Still working on my coworker Bob about this. Is there any deadline to RSVP by? I know it is still a ways away, but always good to ask the questions before you're at the door and can't get in.

Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Don't forget to RSVP. Still working on my coworker Bob about this. Is there any deadline to RSVP by? I know it is still a ways away, but always good to ask the questions before you're at the door and can't get in.

The deadline to rsvp is the Saturday before. We just want to gauge how many are coming

bluelinec4 posted:
Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Don't forget to RSVP. Still working on my coworker Bob about this. Is there any deadline to RSVP by? I know it is still a ways away, but always good to ask the questions before you're at the door and can't get in.

The deadline to rsvp is the Saturday before. We just want to gauge how many are coming

Sort of thought it would be somewhere in that ballpark. I hope you use OScale instead of OGauge, just kidding. I told Bob to talk to his daughter and grandkids about it. We usually go to train shows and have a good time. I told her that this is way different and would be much better for the kids. Good thing is, we got time.

Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:
bluelinec4 posted:
Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Don't forget to RSVP. Still working on my coworker Bob about this. Is there any deadline to RSVP by? I know it is still a ways away, but always good to ask the questions before you're at the door and can't get in.

The deadline to rsvp is the Saturday before. We just want to gauge how many are coming

Sort of thought it would be somewhere in that ballpark. I hope you use OScale instead of OGauge, just kidding. I told Bob to talk to his daughter and grandkids about it. We usually go to train shows and have a good time. I told her that this is way different and would be much better for the kids. Good thing is, we got time.

The stunning enormity and beauty of the NJ Hirailers layout makes it ideal for kids.

I am very excited about attending this event, not only because of the layout, but also  because of the people. Arnold

Mike McCutcheon posted:
OGR CEO-PUBLISHER posted:
lehighline posted:

That's going to be busy weekend for a lot of people! Its also York weekend. (York ends 10/19/19.)

Chris

LVHR

Chris...you are correct and it is one reason why we decided to have the celebration the following day after York since a lot of folks will be planning to travel...it might be easier for them to plan one more day for our event.

Exactly what I'm thinking.    I usually travel back from York on Friday afternoon.   This October, I've added one more day.   Saturday afternoon is my planned travel day.   

Now with this announcement.   I may have to add another hotel night and attend the party.   Since I travel right through New Jersey on the way back to Maine.  

It really shouldn't be an option since you practically pass right by us (NJ Hi-Railers) anyway. Come visit and have a lot of fun.

Gerry

Put me down for two (my daughter and I).
It is our 35 Wedding Anniversary and my Wife has given me permission to go (Great Wife!)
We will be coming back that day early in the morning from a couple of days Anniversary Celebration out of town.

I love it when a plan comes together!  Saw this notice just before making our flight reservations.  Added an extra day to the trip so Lynley and I will be attending.  What a great way to cap off York Week and to celebrate the hobby and the magazine that brought us all together.  It's going to be a week long PARTY!!

And what makes it better is we will be visiting our daughter in Philly on Saturday, so we will stay overnight in Philly and have a shorter drive to Paterson than it would be from York.  Then after the party we'll stay in Philly again and head to BWI Monday morning for our afternoon flight home.  PERFECTION!

This will work for the wife and I. We had hoped to make the trip this past January but had to cancel because of the bad weather. To see a great layout and celebrate OGR's birthday plus meet a lot of the people from the forum wil be  great..................Paul 2

I'm still after my coworker Bobby. He just had knee surgery last Wednesday and is on the mend. He should come around because he likes seeing all sorts of stuff. I got to send in my RSVP this week so I don't forget to.

I plan to be there on Sunday (my first visit to that fabulous layout). My spouse, Wendy, may or may not be with me. . . it's too early yet to tell what her work schedule will be, plus we have another grandson on the way and due soon.

Traindiesel posted:

I love it when a plan comes together!  Saw this notice just before making our flight reservations.  Added an extra day to the trip so Lynley and I will be attending.  What a great way to cap off York Week and to celebrate the hobby and the magazine that brought us all together.  It's going to be a week long PARTY!!

And what makes it better is we will be visiting our daughter in Philly on Saturday, so we will stay overnight in Philly and have a shorter drive to Paterson than it would be from York.  Then after the party we'll stay in Philly again and head to BWI Monday morning for our afternoon flight home.  PERFECTION!

So glad you and Lynley will be there.

Gerry

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Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Don't forget to RSVP. Still working on my coworker Bob about this. Is there any deadline to RSVP by? I know it is still a ways away, but always good to ask the questions before you're at the door and can't get in.

The deadline to rsvp is the Saturday before. We just want to gauge how many are coming

ILL BE THERE ALSO,THANX BEN..........

Allan Miller posted:

I plan to be there on Sunday (my first visit to that fabulous layout). My spouse, Wendy, may or may not be with me. . . it's too early yet to tell what her work schedule will be, plus we have another grandson on the way and due soon.

Congratulations on the grandson, who I'm sure will someday be a master model railroader.

Great idea and planning having it York weekend.  Already put in for my personal days to attend York so staying the extra day won't be a problem.  Even though I have seen tons of pictures and videos of the NJ HiRailers layout it has been on my bucket list to see in person.  I know some people think just seeing a picture will make people not want to visit a layout but that is definitely not me or probably the majority of us in this hobby.  Can't wait until October. 

Alan, what do you think about running one article from very early OGR magazines each issue for a year. I think it might be fun to see how it was done years ago.

Don

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scale rail posted:

Alan, what do you think about running one article from very early OGR magazines each issue for a year. I think it might be fun to see how it was done years ago. DonRun-01-Page-01-223x300RUN087_001-229x300

Don...come on to our party and we can discuss this....

Bryan in Ohio posted:

Great idea and planning having it York weekend.  Already put in for my personal days to attend York so staying the extra day won't be a problem.  Even though I have seen tons of pictures and videos of the NJ HiRailers layout it has been on my bucket list to see in person.  I know some people think just seeing a picture will make people not want to visit a layout but that is definitely not me or probably the majority of us in this hobby.  Can't wait until October. 

Once you've seen it in person, it's much more impressive than the pictures.

scale rail posted:

Alan, what do you think about running one article from very early OGR magazines each issue for a year. I think it might be fun to see how it was done years ago. DonRun-01-Page-01-223x300RUN087_001-229x300

I love that idea   Its like culture shock looking back over the old issues

bluelinec4 posted:
scale rail posted:

Alan, what do you think about running one article from very early OGR magazines each issue for a year. I think it might be fun to see how it was done years ago. DonRun-01-Page-01-223x300RUN087_001-229x300

I love that idea   Its like culture shock looking back over the old issues

Funny (ironic) - I just pulled out the first year's issues this past weekend and paged through time for the first time in several years.  It was like opening a time capsule.  I think it's a great idea - similar to what they did with covers in their 200th issue.

-Greg

100807_lincoln_beachey_cph.3a49742Alan, how much is a flight from Maui to New Jersey? Or, maybe Rich can pick me up in his plane. Don

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Bryan in Ohio posted:

Great idea and planning having it York weekend.  Already put in for my personal days to attend York so staying the extra day won't be a problem.  Even though I have seen tons of pictures and videos of the NJ HiRailers layout it has been on my bucket list to see in person.  I know some people think just seeing a picture will make people not want to visit a layout but that is definitely not me or probably the majority of us in this hobby.  Can't wait until October. 

Once you've seen it in person, it's much more impressive than the pictures.

Truer words have yet to be written.

 

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I'm not saying that I will be the best dressed man there, but I just ordered my new O-Gauge 50 year Hoody. With that over my NJHR shirt I will definitely be ready for GQ!

scale rail posted:

...Or, maybe Rich can pick me up in his plane. Don

Don, when I was flying, the aircraft I flew was not mine. I flew it for the owner. I was just the airborne bus driver.

I made my last flight on April 28, 2019 and am no longer flying. All done with that. So you’ll have to go the commercial route. Sorry.  😉

This is turning out to be quite the party   We have confirmation from a number of industry leaders that will be attending from Lionel, MTH, Atlas, Metca, and others.  We also have some pretty nice giveaways and raffles.   C'Mon down!!!!!!!!!!!

Nessmuck posted:

Patterson NJ ......home of Hurricane Carter..

this guy got famous in Paterson too

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and there is a statue for this guy

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bluelinec4 posted:
Nessmuck posted:

Patterson NJ ......home of Hurricane Carter..

this guy got famous in Paterson too

Image result for larry dobe

and there is a statue for this guy

Image result for lou costello statue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg

Who's on first.

One of the funniest skits ever  

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BTW  The other pic is Larry Dobey      There is a baseball field named after him in Paterson  He got his exposure while playing baseball in high school in paterson  First black player in the American league  

gunrunnerjohn posted:

Holy Cow, what Helix?  Looks like a bit of work taking place!

Yikes - Somebody call the Batman - It looks like Gotham has been stolen!!IMG_0246[1] 

I was only there once, but its a layout so large it should get a drone flyover!!

 

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Must be a different one, those are brand new!

Ok, I remember seeing a building that looked like those. Oh well wish I could go, but I live in Texas and that is quite aways from New Jersey.

The LCCA will be represented at this Party.

I will be promoting the clubs 50th ANNIV.  TO BE HELD IN OMAHA NEB. NEXT JULY.

SAL GAMBINO

PRES/ELECT LCCA

Well we have a number of speakers and presentations for your listening pleasure at this event along with some special surprises

First up is yours truly  ME  to welcome everybody to the NJ HiRail club and to wish a very Happy Birthday to the OGR family

The next group of dignitaries is the OGR muckity mucks including Myron Biggar

Mike Phillips from Lionel will be next along with Ryan and Dave

We have Sal Gambino and Al Kolis from the LCCA

MTH is sending the very esteemed and affable representive named Andy Edelman

The local division of the TCA called METCA is sending  Stu Rankin

Atlas is sending Steve Horvath along with his cowboy hat

Then we have the forum stars of Skip Natoli and Alex Malliae to share their experiences with us 

 

We will have some giveaways along with sales of our special run cars and locomotives.  There will be all the birthday festivities including Cake balloons and more.  So Cmon down  I see this as being a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!

My O-Gauge Hoody came the other day. Boy it is really nice. Heavy weight, water resistant with a hidden key pocket in the right hand pocket.

Apollo flight controllers, this is Houston. Listen up:

Tomorrow, it will be 10 days and counting until the launch of OGR Magazine's 50th Anniversary/Birthday party hosted by NJ HiRailers Train Club, and all Forum members are invited to this spectacular celebration!

Arnold 

 

Still waiting for my airline tickets Allan. Bags are packed. It would be nice if you could send two tickets so Vicky could go. Looks like all the flight attendance are ready.

Don

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I plan to attend with Melgar, and another train friend on the Forum by the name of Ron.

Looking forward to meeting Don from Hawaii and all those gorgeous flight attendants. LOL.

Arnold

bluelinec4 posted:

The deadline to rsvp is the Saturday before. We just want to gauge how many are coming

If it's not to late to RSVP, I'd like to attend. 

Been a few years since I've seen the layout, and this seems like a good excuse to drive up there right after York!

-Dave

Wendy and I are looking forward to being there. Fortunately, Wendy was able to get off work to accompany me. She won't be at the York Meet, but will be taking the train from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to visit the youngest daughter, who recently transferred from Las Vegas to become Events Coordinator for a casino in Philadelphia. We'll be driving up from Philly on Sunday morning (thankfully, a somewhat shorter drive than driving over from York). It will certainly be nice to see so many OGR supporters gathered at the site of the truly superb Hi-Railers layout.

Dave45681 posted:
bluelinec4 posted:

The deadline to rsvp is the Saturday before. We just want to gauge how many are coming

If it's not to late to RSVP, I'd like to attend. 

Been a few years since I've seen the layout, and this seems like a good excuse to drive up there right after York!

-Dave

No its not too late   We will see you sunday

I'm so sorry but I could not make the party due to illness. Last Thursday night when I was leaveing work my legs gave out on me and I had to rest for about a half hour before I could pull myself up. My Doctor ordered an MRI for my lower back. 

I feel okay right now but I did not wont to do all the driving back and forth. so I attached a picture of me in my official party outfit just to show you guys that my heart is with you.

Have Fun!

Mario E O-Gauge NJHR

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I had to cancel our trip to the birthday bash. Friday night at York the wife fell in the tube. When that happened I had to make the decision to cancel because just in case something more then bruises and sore muscles showed up it was better to be back home. Hopefully my "good" buddy Bryan will supply me with some great pics.........Paul 2

I dialed into the cameras to check things out and I'm glad to see somany people made it. Of course I was not the only one useing it so everytime I gave a scan command a couple of more came in at the same time so I got out. .

 

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Some OGR Royalty. Current CEO Alan Arnold at the michrophone and also in the picture former CEO Myron Biggar seated to Alan's left. Excellent party, thanks NjHiRailers.

OGR Royalty

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Great event, icing on the cake to a long week. I had a blast, tired out from all the fun. Thanks Chris, Ben, Gerry, Chef Vinnie, and all the other NJ Hi-Railers for hosting this great event. Happy Birthday OGR. O have tons of pictures, a bunch of videos(except the one I accidentally shot while Ben was explaining the cameras in relation to the layout while the video was dead on the control panel). When I get some time I will post pictures and videos after I sort through all the other pictures from both Strasburg and York. Right now I'm finishing my cider and going to conk out for a bit.

gg1man posted:

I'm so sorry but I could not make the party due to illness. Last Thursday night when I was leaveing work my legs gave out on me and I had to rest for about a half hour before I could pull myself up. My Doctor ordered an MRI for my lower back. 

I feel okay right now but I did not wont to do all the driving back and forth. so I attached a picture of me in my official party outfit just to show you guys that my heart is with you.

Have Fun!

Mario E O-Gauge NJHR

I'm so sorry to hear about your misfortune! I empathize as I have back issues myself.  Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

-Greg

Quite a bash, and it's always cool to see the NJ-HR layout to check what's new.  Of course, it's always nice to catch up with train friends as well.  After three days at York and then going up to North Jersey, I'm done driving and walking for a spell.

Yes, quite the weekend--visited Strasburg to take a shop tour on Friday and catch a ride behind 611. Hope I left enough in the tank for "the man" on Monday! 

Thanks to all at OGR and the NJHRs for putting this together. I had a great time!

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