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: 11/16/2015

Layout Update 11/16/15

Rich installing pilings along the dock

This month we were starting to wire up the mainline track and adding all the pilings and cribbing along the edge of the layout. Take a look at all the pictures.

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Layout Update 10/20/15

The finished coal yards

Moving right along... All the track on the aisle side of the layout is complete, except for the lead up to the coal dumper. Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 9/16/15

Bob and Jules aligning the tracks
the ugly switch

Track, Track, Track. The track is finally going in. It's starting to look like a model railroad again, not the plywood central. Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 8/16/15

Car float in its new home
Jersey City return loop

This month, we worked on cutting out the water areas from the layout deck and lowering them to their final height. It took a little while, but it was well worth it. We also put in the return loop deck. Next month we can finally start laying track. Yea! Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 7/9/15

Risers are in place
Decking is being installed

Constrution continued in June. The layout is getting raised up into its final position. The first half of Jersey City is up, and the second
half should go up in the next week or two. We're shooting for track installation in August. Take a look at all the pictures.

Layout Update 6/9/15

coffee station
JC Terminal  tracks

The crews have been busy the last few weeks. One group is touching up the wall trim and paint, another is setting up the Coffee Station (no pun intended) and others are roughing out the track locations on the layout. Take a look at all the pictures.

Steve and Ed put the cabinets up for the new home for the coffee pot. We do have our priorities. :)

Jimmy and Jules started aligning tracks on the layout with help from a few other members. After the track is all roughed in, we can trim the layout deck, put in the risers and start actually laying track. Yea!

Painting Time

painted wall

After adding caps to the layout box frame to complete it, we started painting the room. Not a very exciting picture for you, but we're happy to not have to look at patched walls and spackle anymore. Take a look at all the pictures.

Mike and Jimmy put the bracing on the layout over the weekend to finish the box frame. After we put a second coat of paint on the walls, we can work on the risers and layout deck for the Jersey City side of the benchwork. That should be the beginning of June if all goes well. 

Benchwork has finally begun

benchwork goes in

Wow, this sure took long enough. We've finally started the benchwork for phase 1 of our new layout. The box frames that will support Jersey City, NJ on one side and Taylor, PA on the other are finally up. Take a look at all the pictures.

Next is to attach the L-girders. Then we can put the risers and track support on top. Jersey City gets built first, then the temporary helix to raise the track up to the higher level of Taylor, and finally we work on Taylor. That should give us enough to do for the time being. We have the track for Jersey City's mainline and are awaiting the yard trackage in the next few weeks. Now if they would only finish the lights in the room, ugh. 40 foot down, 60 more to go in phase 2. 

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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