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May, 2017 .... Issue 5
Anita Brown, Donna & Larry Grady, Bob & Patti Moffit, & Al Schmidt

Ed Ramming and Joan Bishop hosted our May Business Meeting
following on the heels of our show at Green Planet Nursery.

The food was great and there was plenty to go around. Thanks to you, Ed and Joan. Thanks to all who brought desserts. We had a great lunch.

We followed lunch with our meeting and then a tour of Ed's layout and his latest updates.



Attending: Ed Ramming, Joan Bishop, Larry & Donna Grady, Bill Keller, , Patti & Bob Moffit, Jack Proud, Al Schmidt, Jim and Marilyn Fox and Joe Profetto.

Business Meeting

Ed Ramming. Pres. called the meeting to order at 2:30PM, with a flag salute.
President Ed Ramming thanked Joan for her work on this luncheon.

Donna Grady's Treasurers report: All bills are paid. We have 36 families. Motion made and passed to send $75 to the Shoreline Model Railroad Club in memory of Janet Heath.

Sunshine Report: Patti Moffit sent out out 2 birthday cards in April; Paul Gac and Mike Lurakis and 1 combination birthday and welcome card; Monica Weaber. Also sent 1 sympathy card toJack Heath and 2 get well cards; Larry Paakh and Rudy Irizarry.

Patti reported that Larry Paakh and Rudy Irizarry were in in Rehab. Jim Lincoln had surgery on his neck and is doing well at home. (Rudy was in the hospital for 10 days and is now back in Rehab.)

Web Master Report; System is up and running.
Welfare: No Report.


Show Coordinator, Al Schmidt, reported that the show went well at Green Planet. Our thanks to Larry Grady, Bill Keller, Jack Proud, Ned Young, Al Schmidt and our 2 travelling minstrels (Brian and Clair). We had a great time running trains and testing all of our equipment, transformers and rolling stock. Our thanks to Jack for bringing his trains to run.

Larry's cars and roads made a great addition. And the plants added by Brian were a very nice touch

Show Calendar:
Al Schmidt Reported that this will be June 3.
This year's theme is "Garden Railway Open House Day". Al has put together a flyer, directions and a web page. We now have 5 participants, Mike Hannigan, Green Planet, Bill Keller, Ellyn and Mac McMullin and Al Schmidt. The flyer and other information is our website. The web page is at: We will contact TV Channel 6 as part of our advertising.

Permanent Layout-Nemours Children's Hospital:
Joe Profetto reported that they agreed to having the display, with restrictions:

  • It must be movable for access to the area
  • Cannot have a gate or fence
  • Must be contained, have built in controls
  • Must be enclosed, with a roof (Plexiglas)
  • Needs to be 11' x 18'

Further discussion covered starting with a road trip to the Delaware Hospital to see how that is constructed.

Look into finding a professional design group to build the unit. We would develop the track layout.

Possibly build a mock-up of our plan. Make use of Jim Shourt with the layout and electronics.

Contact Joe if you can help.

Ocean City Christmas Show, December 2nd & 3rd with setup on the 1st. Al will contact to see if we are invited back for this year. (We expect to be back in the Music Pier this year.)

Other Venues for Shows: No further discussion at this meeting.

Permanent home: No further discussion at this meeting.

Advertising our Club: No further report on this item.

Newsletter Editor Needed: Many Hands Make Light Work. Al can post it to our web site and email it out BUT he needs help to record build the newsletter.


Reorganize the trailer: We had a discussion about reorganizing and reconfiguring the left side of the trailer to remove the racks on the left side and use tubs to hold equipment. Wrap equipment in Bubble wrap, and get stacking, square tubs to use the space better. Also, look into getting a common set of couplers. Plan working session for September.

Meeting adjourned 3:20 PM after a visit to Ed's layout.

June 17th, 2017 @ 1pm
Tom Ayers
713 White Horse Pike,
Elm, NJ 08037
Please let Tom know if you plan to attend and
if you will be bringing a dish to share OR

News You Need to Know

Prayers for: Jack Heath, Bud Oncay, Becky and Jim Lincoln, Tom & Anita Brown, Rudy an Alice Irizarry and Larry Paakh.

Larry Paakh is now on an antibiotic for pneumonia and still has a sore on his left foot that has not improved and remains wrapped.


Rudy Irizarry is out of the hospital and now at Mt Laurel Center on Church Road in Mt Laurel. He is now on dialysis.

The last-ever Ringling Bros. show will be broadcast LIVE on Facebook, in its entirety...

Member Sales

Joe Fromal is selling trains. Use this link to see the details. <

Bill Keller is selling buildings. Use this link to see the details.

50/50:Won by Jim Fox, other prizes were won and enjoyed.


4th Bernadette Perna
6th June Seltner
11th Jayne Gac
19th Tom Brown
21st John Seltner
28th Joan Bishop
31st Bob Moffit


1st Alice Irizarry
3rd Ned Young
4th Nancy Hunter
11th Patti Moffit
19th Gibson Young
26th Bob Kruse


January 8th Club Meeting @ Dr. Mike & Pat Lurakis Please do not arrive before 1PM
February NO Club Meeting
March 4th Club Meeting @ Grady's
March 24th & 25th East Coast Large Scale Train Show - York PA
April 1st Annual Lunch & Meeting - 1 PM @ Fred & Ethel's Smithville
April 22nd & 23rd Train Show Steager's - Green Planet Nursery (Setup on the 21st)
May 07 Club Meeting - Ed Ramming & Joan Bishop
June 3rd SJGRS Open House Day (10 - 3)
June 17 Club Meeting - Tom Ayers
July ?? Club Meeting
August ?? Brian and Clair Steager
September ?? Club Meeting
October ?? Club Meeting
November 11th Club Meeting - Nominations, Bobbie & Al Schmidt
December 2nd Setup for Ocean City Train Show (starting at noon, decorations @ 2 PM)
December 3rd & 4th Ocean City Train Show - 6th & Boardwalk Civic Ctr (Take Down @ 3:30PM on the Final Day)
December Holiday Train Shows

*Dates are subject to change
Please Check for Updates

If you would like to have a meeting in 2017 contact Anita Brown or Al Schmidt. Dates can be changed but we need to set up our schedule in order to plan for shows etc. Contact: or 609-646-1102 OR or 856-672-0172

Check out the web page for calendar information, latest photos and updated directory. Thanks to our Webmaster Al Schmidt for keeping this site updated.

**Names listed with show dates are contact people in addition to the Show Coordinator, if you would like to participate.

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Anita Brown
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201

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Railroad Society
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201


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