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Welcome to the
2015 Model Railroad Open House website! The Model Railroad
Open Houses are an annual event which has showcased local
model train layouts in DE, MD, PA and NJ for more than 30
Layouts are open only in November with the exception of the
garden railroaders who generally open the last weekend in
October when weather is warmer.
Our process for the 2015 open house scheduling will start on
August 15. We collect dates from layout owners from August
15 to September 15 and we hold to our deadlines. New layout
contact me directly for instructions and
information. As always, I prefer that all layout owners
proactively send their open house info in during this
timeframe. If we do not hear from you, we cannot promise we
will call you. We will post the completed schedule around
Also as a reminder, when you commit to an open house,
cancellations should only be made for extenuating
circumstances or emergency, not convenience. Not everyone
has access to up-to-the-minute information and we don’t want
to anger or inconvenience a visitor who might show up for a
canceled open house. Please make every effort to abide by
your chosen date(s).
Thanks to all who donated so generously in previous years
towards the costs of maintaining this site. We hope some
more of you can assist this year. If you have never donated
to the cost of the site, please consider doing so. We’d like
to see everyone involved in this. Even a $5 donation will
help. Look to the left side of this page for the link for
donations. If you have trouble with the donation link,
please let Karen
We will continue our trend this year grouping layouts in
certain areas open on common dates. This allows people to
see multiple layouts in one day.
If you are a layout owner and will be open, contact the
following people in your area with your open house dates. If
you do not have their email, email me and I will send the
info. Some of these coordinators will be reaching out to you
Joe Walters –
Chuck Kadyk –
– Central PA (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster,
Lebanon, Perry and York)
PJ Mattson –
Four years ago we
created a Facebook page for the schedule. Last year’s
Facebook page was very active with visitors posting photos
from their visits. Layout owners can also post pictures of
their own layouts to entice you to visit! We will also post
cancellations and updates there but our main website will
continue to be our official source of information. Our
Facebook page has over 400 people now and growing. The
Facebook page is
*Model Railroad Openhouse Schedule* Please join our
social community and participate.
Finally, I want to let everyone
know that this will be my last year running the schedule. I
have been quietly looking for a replacement for a couple of
years but no takers yet. I am looking for someone to be the
coordinator who will continue to grow the schedule and be
its owner. If you are interested, please contact me. I do
not know what will happen in 2016 if we do not find a
replacement. John Lassahn, who handles all the spreadsheet
work will also be retiring with me, so we would need someone
to build our spreadsheets for 2016.
also for this.
This website would not be possible without the assistance of
Karen Darling. We want to thank Karen for her hard work and
if you see her, please let her know!
Bruce Z. Friedman
NOTE: If you are hosting an
open house and have a picture
of your layout that you would like featured in the rotating pictures
at the top of each page for next year, please email it to Karen
prior to September 15, 2015
firstname.lastname@example.org. Each picture must be at least 500 x
200 pixels. I'd prefer you send the full size image. Cell
phone photos are often not adequate. Keep
in mind that I need to use a portion of the picture that will show
your trains and/or layout in the 500 px wide x 200 pixel tall
rectangular area. I'll let you know if
it is acceptable. Due to the large number of folks
participating, only one picture from each person will be used.
It is possible that due to content and/or layout of the scene, it
might not be suitable. If your layout has a name and website, please let me know and I will
include it in the listing.
Thanks to those who donated to the
cost of running the site!