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
over 30 years.
This year's open house schedule features a total of 137
layouts including 15 new. These numbers are amazing! We
continue to post impressive layout numbers with 212 total
open houses this year. This still remains the largest collection
of open houses that exists today (that I am aware of) and
137 layouts open sets yet another new record for us.
We continue our trend this year with layouts in common
geographic areas open on the same date. This allows people
to see multiple layouts in one day. We have asked people
over the years to attempt this if possible. If you look at
the schedule you will notice that New Jersey led by PJ
Mattson has many layouts open on November 8th and 14h and
Jerry Britton has done so for Central PA for November 7th
and 8th. One thing you will also notice is that we have many
club layouts open on the schedule. This year we have 23 club
or modular layouts open including 1 new. Many of you do not
have layouts. Consider visiting these clubs or modular
layouts in your area and joining up. Clubs are always
looking for new members. Also one unique gauge we have open
is live steam and we have 2 this year.
The main features of the site are:
Download of the entire schedule. (In PDF format) This
includes complete addresses.
layouts are linked to a Google map for you to print.
get an overview map showing the locations of all layouts
open on a certain date so you can plan your route for
"Changes and Cancellations" area. Please check this
prior to heading out every time. We do have mistakes
from time to time and sometimes cancellations. If you
notice any discrepancies in the information, please let
Bruce know right away so that it can be corrected.
Facebook page. See the link on our website. Come on
over to our Facebook page and share your experiences and
post some pictures of the layouts you see. Layouts
owners are encouraged to do the same. Our page is named
“Model Railroad Openhouse Schedule”. So please “friend”
So I am
happy to say that we will have someone to replace me for
next year. His name is Jerry Britton and I am sure some of
you know him. Jerry has been on the schedule for years and
loves his PRR. He is open this year so please stop by and
visit him and thank him. I have been doing the schedule for
25 years. When I took it over from Ken Donahoe we had a
couple of dozen layouts on the schedule. It was mostly
Delaware and was hand typed and printed and distributed into
hobby shops. We used hand drawn maps. I moved the schedule
onto a computer and expanded the geography.
schedule grew rapidly and expanded to all of Pennsylvania.
We also expanded into Baltimore, Eastern Maryland and
towards central New Jersey. The printed schedules were very
popular and we used advertisers to pay for the printing. But
high costs, technology changes and a changing society pushed
us to the web and that is where we are today. I wanted to
thank all the folks who put in so many volunteer hours to
make this happen.
the person who allowed us to go web based and has done such
a great job allowing us to do so. Without her help, the
schedule may have died. I also want to thank John Lassahn
who has done all the tedious work of putting all the dates
and times together so we have a nice summary of all the
openhouses. Thank you John. Finally, it has been an honor
doing the schedule for all these years. I have met so many
people and have made so many friends. I will continue to
assist the schedule and will be in the openhouse schedule in
the future! Stop by and say hello. Be well.
The Model Railroad Openhouse Schedule is a wonderful event.
Why not take the family and good friends and visit some
layouts. Along the way, stop by some of our excellent local
hobby shops and buy some model trains. Support our local
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!
Other key people who helped with the schedule are, John
Lassahn (admin), PJ Mattson (NJ coordinator), Joe Walters
(DE coordinator), Charles Kadyk (PA coordinator), Fran
Giacoma (MD coordinator), Jerry Britton (PA Coordinator), Lee
Rainey (PA Coordinator) Forrest Lucas (PA Coordinator) and
Earl Paine. John Lassahn does a lot of the administrative
work and number crunching. This is quite time consuming so
thank him if you see John. Once again this year Joe Walters
has taken it upon himself to print flyers with his own funds
about our open house schedule this year and distribute them
to hobby shops, clubs and train shows. Thank you Joe!
Remember - we only take dates from 8/15-9/15. We ask that
everyone please proactively send us your dates via email. We
try and call everyone if we do not hear from them, but
cannot promise that you will be called. Life is busy and
time is precious. We hold to our deadlines. Please join us
next year and show off your layout! Even if you are just
getting started, have an open house. People enjoy coming
back year after year to see your progress.
Bruce Z. Friedman
Layout visitation is at one's own
risk. Please abide by times on schedule.
PS – We will announce after this year’s schedule the changes
that may occur under Jerry’s leadership. The best way to
find out these changes will be our
Facebook page. So please join.