GSC 50th Anniversary
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Wall, NJ
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We got our new location in Wall, NJ. Take a look at the new plans on our Layout page.

You can still see pictures of our former HO-gauge layout in Asbury Park, with a 300 foot mainline which traversed four rooms. The railroad featured prototype scenes of the Lehigh Valley, Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ), Reading and Erie railroads, modeled after actual places along our route from Scranton, PA to Jersey City, NJ. The layout featured the huge Bethlehem Steel Mill in Bethlehem, PA -- a fantastic model built almost entirely from scratch! Trains roll past the REA building and the infamous Coney Island Texas Weiners in Scranton, past the well-known blue tank in Allentown and call on the docks of Jersey City complete with it's operating McMyler coal dumper... all in 1:87th scale! Sadly, we lost our home and this layout is gone, but we were able to save a lot of scenery and building from the old layout. We can't wait to get started on our next one!

Last Updated: 12/22/2014

Thank You

Well another Holiday Show has come to an end. We collected almost 200 toys for 'Toys for Tots' this year. I hope you enjoyed visiting and seeing the operating layouts, hands-on displays and of course Santa. We hope to see all of you again next year. A big thank you to our crew that set everything up and kept it running for three weekends.

More pictures are on the Show Dates page, our Facebook 2014 Holiday Train Show page and the Infoage Facebook page.

Holiday Show Time

One weekend down, two more to go. Now that it's all running, we get a slight chance to catch our breath. Come on down and help support our club, as well as see a few good layouts with operating trains. Don't forget the Hands-On O-gauge layouts too. Hope to see you there.

Saturdays and Sundays December 13,14,20 & 21, Noon til 5PM. Donation: Adults $5. Kids $1.
Admit one adult FREE Dec 13 & 14 with a new unwrapped toy for "Toys for Tots"
Take your picture with Santa. One of his Reindeer will be here too!

2201 Marconi Road, Wall, New Jersey (Route 18 Exit 7A)

More pictures are on the Show Dates page, and our Facebook 2014 Holiday Train Show page

Here's a long video with the layouts:

Holiday Show set-up

Well, its that time of year again. We're starting to set up for our Annual Holiday Show. We should have some pictures up in a little while.
GSC Holiday Show

GSC Holiday Show Flyer

More pictures are on the Show Dates page, and our Facebook 2014 Holiday Train Show page

Short video about this year's show

Movie Screen, Aisles and Cabinets

Still waiting for the HVAC inspection, but we've been busy with preliminary construction.
Aisle Space    Cabinet Setup

More pictures are on the Layout page.

Heater installation update

All the duct work has been run, and the heaters have been put in their new places. Now all we need to wait for is the contractors to make all the final electrical and gas connections.
Heater / Air handlers    Duct Work

More pictures are on the Layout page.

We want to thank everyone who made our Holiday Train Display
at Info Age a big success!

Toys piled up under the Christmas tree Toys for Tots toys being unloaded at Red Bank by marine volunteers

Layout room clean-up and Holiday Show setup

After we took down the Halloween display we took a little break to clean-up our new layout room. We're still waiting for the Heating guys to start work, so no layout construction until they finish punching holes in the ceilings for the vents. That didn't stop us from roughing out the layout design in chalk on the floor. We found some mistakes in the drawings (oops, the room was about 10 inches narrower than we thought). That's why you draw it on the floor before you build it. Pictures are on the Layout page.

Now we start our set-up for the Holiday Train Show. There will be layouts from N-gauge to G-gauge, hands on displays for the kids and Santa will make a few appearances. The set-up takes us through the end of November, and the display keeps us busy all December. It looks like we'll start building something in our layout room some time in January.

The Power's On and Halloween Display.

Well, we got power to our building in the beginning of October. Next is the heating/air conditioning some time in November. In October we worked on our display area for the Camp Evans Base of Terror Halloween Display. We did a grade crossing with a steam engine. As you approach the track the crossing lights go off, then when you cross the tracks the steam engine headlight comes on and the whistle blows. Steve did a great job planning this one out. Take a look for yourself.

We got a new home!

Finally, we've signed all the paperwork and we now have a new home. The Garden State Central is officially a part of the InfoAge Science History Museum in Wall, NJ. The building is in need of some work. It will be a little while before we can get in to do any major work because the the main electrical transformer on the property suffered serious damage during Hurricane Sandy. The township hopes to have everything back up in August.
There's a new navigation button on the left titled 'Layout' which will take you to all latest information on the new space.

Overhead Shot
We have the orange section of the building on the bottom of the picture. We will be in building 9010-A, behind the InfoAge hotel building.

Interior Plan
The yellow rooms on the top will be the 50 x 25 foot Layout Room, and the yellow rooms on the bottom will be for the Museum Dispaly and Workshop.

Show me the pictures and plans!

And we have our first official fund raiser for our new home. We've got a 50th Anniversary shirt for our new home. You can celebrate with us by getting your own 50th anniversary year.



50th Anniversary Dinner

50th Anniversary Dinner

Memebers of the Garden State Central and their spouces celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the club at a dinner held on Saturday June 1, 2013.

We enjoyed dinner, dancing and doorprizes. It was a great time to catch up with old friends, and reminisce about good times at the club.

Club members enjoy the 8th Annual Club BBQ

On Saturday July 20th 2013 the club held its 8th annual club BBQ. The weather was good and everyone had a good time. See pictures of the bbq.

Photos by Jules Heiliczer

GSC bbq 2013
The group shot

Bob Judge enjoying the day
The grill was a busy place

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