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Welcome to the original Delaware, Maryland, New
Jersey and Pennsylvania model railroad open house site.
2018 brings the quad-state open houses back to the site that
was started in 2006! You will find listings of open
houses as you always have on our easy to navigate pages.
Railroad Open House is an annual October/November event
which showcases local model railroads in our region. We are
pleased to announce that Pennsylvania and New Jersey are now
back on our web-site after a 2 year absence. Welcome back!
Our Facebook page is very active with visitors posting
photos. Layout owners are also able to post pictures of
their layouts to entice visitors. The Facebook page is "Model
Railroad Openhouse Schedule." Please join our social
community and participate.
Thanks to all who
donated so generously towards the maintenance of this site.
We hope your generosity will continue this year. Look to the
left side of this site for a link for your donations. Your
support is much appreciated! If you have never
contributed in the past, please consider donating and keep
our great site working for you. When donating, please
select "Friends and Family."
On a sad note, we lost 2 modelers. In Delaware we lost Keith
Heck, a long time participant in our open house schedule. He
was a member of Nordel and a G scaler. Another loss was John
Lassahn. He was a longtime friend of Bruce Friedman, and
worked along side him facilitating the schedule in the past.
Both will remembered and missed.
Look for online signups next year!
Meet the Model Railroad Open House
Joe is the head coordinator for the site, and the
Delaware coordinator. Joe
has loved trains most of his life. After serving in
the Marines, he started working for the Reading
Railroad. For the next 32 years he worked for
Reading, Conrail, and Amtrak in the Mechanical Dept.
His layout, the Northeast lines, a freelanced short
line is an operating railroad, that meets once a month. Joe has Easy DCC and has sound in 90% of his
locomotives. Joe is an active member of the NMRA,
Fran is the Maryland Coordinator and the
administrator of our Facebook page. Fran has
loved trains since getting his first set at 4. He
turned that passion into a 35 year career with
Conrail and CSX. His 12’x 20’ layout depicts the B&O
RR Shenandoah Subdivision set in the fall of 1956.
It is an all diesel (with sound) operation using
wireless DCC (Digitrax) and run by timetable & train
order. It features 4 working CPL signals, 3 grade
crossing flashers, and has 95% of the scenery
Earl Paine is the Southeastern Pennsylvania
coordinator. Earl Paine
lives in Skippack, PA, and has been active in the
Philly Division since 1988. He has served on the
Philly Division Board and has been active as the
division newsletter editor since 2007. He currently
is involved in the NMRA AP Program, and helps
coordinate the AP application process through the
area MMR’s. Since his retirement from public school
education, he has been modeling the Reading Main
line in 1976 from Conshohocken to Reading, PA.
PJ is the New Jersey coordinator.
I'm a Master Model Railroader #467. At present I an
the President of the MER. My railroad
Raccoon Valley was featured in Model Railroading
in November 2005. I am the NMRA/MER NJ Division AP
director. I coordinate the Friday Night operation
sessions for our Friday Night Operators group. I
have been retired for 15 years and enjoy working and
operating on model railroads.
Karen is the internet coordinator. Karen
has been a raifan as long as she can remember since first seeing her
grandfather's American Flyer layout that took up two
spare bedrooms. Her other grandparents lived
along the Penn Central line outside of Newark. Hear
a train coming, she'd be found at the end of their lane
waiting. She originally started doing the website
for "G-Day" for the garden guys and offered to do
the same for the November open houses back in 2006.