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Welcome to the
2014 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 2014 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
owners should 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 of
you can assist this year. Last year, we fell short on our
funds so please consider contributing this year. Even a $5
donation will help. Look to the left side of this page for
the link for donations.
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 for coordination. 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 – Delaware
• Chuck Kadyk - Central PA
• PJ Mattson – NJ
• Dale Ridgeway- MD
• Bruce Friedman Eastern PA (I am looking for a Eastern PA
Finally, following recent trends in the digital age, we
created a Facebook page 3 years ago just for the schedule.
Last year’s Facebook page was very active with visitors
posting layout photos of 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. The Facebook page is *Model
Railroad Openhouse Schedule*
Please join our social community and participate.
This website would not be possible without the assistance of
We want to thank Karen for her hard work and if you see her,
please let her know!
Bruce Z. Friedman email@example.com
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, please email it to Karen
prior to October 1
firstname.lastname@example.org. Each picture must be at least 500 x
200 pixels. I'd prefer you send the full size image. Keep
in mind that I need to use a portion of the picture that will show
your trains and/or layout in the 500 x 200 pixel 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!