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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.

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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.

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.

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

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!

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..........

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. 

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.

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

gunrunnerjohn posted:
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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bluelinec4 posted:
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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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  

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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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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

Yes, a great time for sure.  It was nice to see everyone for this fun event.  Thanks to OGR and the NJ High-Railers for putting this together.

The layout has had some great changes since I'd last been there a few years back.

Tuscan Jim, it was nice meeting you and chatting a bit.  I hope you got to take in a lot of the layout after we split up.  There is always something else to see for future visits!

-Dave

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This was a terrific event and I had a great time. I'm very happy to have been able to attend and meet the OGR staff and the many NJ HiRailers who told me about their club and their immense layout - which is absolutely phenomenal! The only problem is that I saw so many outstanding engines in display/storage cases along the walls that I may not be able to stop myself from going out and buying more trains for myself...

MELGAR

Even the Eagles getting thoroughly thrashed last night couldn't put a damper on the last 4 days between York and the OGR Birthday party.   It's putting it mildly to say the hangover from the last 4 days is hitting me hard this morning.   I had a great time meeting new friends and getting to see old friends again - can't put a price on the experience! 

Yesterday was great getting to hear all the speakers and their stories on how they got into the hobby and on the history of OGR.  The sentiment which echoed many times yesterday was how instrumental OGR has been providing a forum to connect hobbyists from all areas and walks of life.  That was on display in full force over the course of the last 4 days! Yesterday, there were people from as far away as California and the Netherlands in attendance! It is a legacy everyone at the magazine from Myron Biggar to the entire current staff can be proud of. 

My thanks to everyone for coming together yesterday to make it a truly wonderful event to be a part of!

In closing, the one future item I really looking forward to from Lionel:  Lionel Ale!!!

- Greg

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Wish I didn't have to leave for a family event just as the speakers were hitting their stride.  Congrats to OGR and to Chris Lord on his ascension to the presidency of NJ highrailers.  Ben set the bar pretty high, you seem to have taken up the challenge.  To a person club members were friendly, helpful, pointed out things to see, that's the difference between an average organization and a great one.

Hey all.......wished I could have made it. I even had a hotel reservation, that I had to cancel.   Reason being that my daughter- in-law was/still is about to give birth to twin boys. So rather than be present at the 50th,  I went straight home on Saturday, after a G R E A T York, and waited on "stand by".

  Still waiting on the twins, ......but I WILL somehow bring my son & his boys to a TrainStock.  The cooks' talents,  (Vinnie) and his chicken marsalla (sp) are worth the trip.  And the bread used in the sandwiches.......they say "it's in the water".

It was a great event and great to hear the stories of the speakers. You see them from the prior posts. For me, it's interesting to think about the way our train world has changed. When I got back into it 25 years ago, engines were semi-scale, steamers smoked and diesels didn't, you controlled the trains using the ZW handles and there were two magazines which "pushed" information. Interactive information didn't exist other than person to person. Now, there are lots of scale engines; all of them smoke; engines and cars talk; command control is the thing and we get our information from 2 magazines AND the OGR Forum. A lot of people on this Forum also attend York, and OGR provides us the Grandstand summary of events (on the Forum if you cannot attend in person) and Thursday at Quaker State.

All these changes have enabled many of us (read the posts) to make friends from different geographic areas. IMO, OGR provides us with a lot that they don't get directly paid for, so I believe in supporting OGR because they provide me with benefits which I value.

As a member of the NJ Hi-Railers and a person who helped to organize this event, I would like to give a big shout out to Lionel, MTH, Atlas, METCA (TCA) and LOTS for providing speakers and the great raffle prizes they handed out. We truly appreciate their contributions.

Gerry

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RonH posted:
Arnold D. Cribari posted:

T Minus 3 days and counting!

Hello Arnold, saw you at the event, wanted to stop anf chat as every time I got near you were quite busy. Maybe next time

 

Ron

Looking forward to speaking to you too, Ron.

Everything was wonderful on Sunday, the trains, the food, the music, the people, but what I found most special was the people. Maybe the trains make us all joyful, interesting and fun to be around. Arnold

Never had a bad time visiting the New Jersey Hi-Railers.  Every member is very welcoming and are the best hosts!  When Vinnie is cooking, it's so good sometimes I forget about the trains!!  I didn't win a raffle prize, but I did sample some of the delicious food and a few hot dogs!!  Hot dogs and trains just go together!!

Happy Birthday to "O" Gauge Railroading Magazine.  May they have continued success in the future!

And thank you, New Jersey Hi-Railers for hosting and providing another tremendous event!

Dave45681 posted:
...Tuscan Jim, it was nice meeting you and chatting a bit.  I hope you got to take in a lot of the layout after we split up.  There is always something else to see for future visits!

-Dave

Likewise, Dave. I did a full 360, documenting my way with plenty of photographs!  I'm looking forward to a return visit in the future.

It was a truly wonderful and memorable event in every respect. My personal--and professional--thanks to the entire NJ Hi-Railers crew for providing us with an anniversary party that will long be remembered. Wendy and I thoroughly enjoyed both the layout and the people, not to mention Vinny's superb cuisine. Bernie even treated us to a viewing of a very special item in his office.

We had to leave the party a bit early in order to spend some time with daughter Katie in Philadelphia before returning to Ohio, but in one way that was a good thing because we did get to enjoy some family time together. Today we learned that Katie is currently in the emergency room at a Philly hospital with an as-yet-undiagnosed illness. That being the case, I'll be likely be taking Wendy to the train station in Pittsburgh very early tomorrow morning for another Amtrak ride to Philadelphia.

Again, my heartfelt thanks to the NJ Hi-Railers for a great event packed with great people. It doesn't get much better than that!

 

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Allan Miller posted:
Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Hope your daughter gets better Allan.

She had an emergency appendectomy last night. Took Wendy to the Pittsburgh Amtrak station early this morning and she is now on her way back to Philadelphia.  Thanks for the kind thoughts.

Been there, done that, I arrived and within an hour I was in surgery.  Mine had burst, and I was in the hospital for six days, I hope she's lucky and gets out pronto!  I suspect she's in good hands and will be up and around in no time.  

Putnam Division posted:

Myron looks good.....wish I could have been there to speak with him.....

Peter

Meeting him was a highlight of the day for me!

-Greg