PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: November 22, 2017

The following information is provided by The Model Railroad Club, Inc.

www.tmrci.org

The 2016 annual Light and Sound Show opens Friday, November 25th

at The Model Railroad Club, Inc. in Union Township, NJ

More than 50 HO-Scale Model Passenger and Freight Train Cars on a 40×40-foot Layout Tells the Story of New Jersey Railroads in the 1950s.

WHEN:       NOV 24 – DEC 10 (Fri, Sat and Sun)

OPENING DAY: Friday, Nov. 24: 12:00 Noon-10pm

Then…

Fridays, 7-10 pm (Dec 1 and 8)

Saturdays, 10 am – 8pm (Nov 25, Dec 2, 9)

Sundays, 11am-8pm (Nov 26, Dec 4, 10)

WHERE:    Jefferson Avenue, off Route 22 East, Union Township, NJ
                   (Behind The Home Depot)

TICKETS:      Advance purchase at the Club’s ticket window and gift shop on Saturdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., or by mail.   Advance tickets available online on the Club’s website (www.tmrci.org/annual-show.html). Advance ticket prices are $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children (ages 3 through 15) and $5.00 for teens age 12 – 16. Prices are higher at the door on the days of the show.  Children age 2 and under admitted free of charge.  Group rates are available to groups of 10 or more persons (please contact the Club for pricing and additional information).                                                            

UNION, NJ – The Model Railroad Club, Inc. is a tax-exempt public charity affiliated with the Union County, Department of Parks and Recreation.

Now in its 67th year, The Model Railroad Club INC. (TMRCI) presents its annual “Sound and Light Show” on its 11,000-sq-foot, historic layout. Viewed from an overhead gallery, and run by club volunteers from 14 to 90 years old, the 20-minute show (which runs repeatedly throughout the day/evening) features theatrical lighting and songs to evoke the history and magic of three regional New Jersey railroads of the 1950s.

Between shows, parents and kids can see the trains up-close on their 40×40-foot layout, as well as tour the 80×60-foot extension of the railroad that is still under construction and features a cork screw loop [too operate trains between two levels], hand-laid track, educational displays and video-feeds from trains as they make their way around the track.  There is also a double-decker N-scale layout (trains even smaller than HO) with operating trains and detailed scenes of New Jersey — including Port Reading harbor, steel mill and circus – in its own 30×27-foot showroom. The Club’s indoor G gauge layout will also be operating.  And there’s a snack bar, railroad/gift shop, and a play area for little ones, with Thomas trains and train videos.

All proceeds support the operations of The Model Railroad Club, Inc., one of the largest railroad clubs in New Jersey. The Club has approximately 170 volunteer members who help to fulfill the mission of the club to educate the general about the railroads and the industries they served in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area.

Under an arrangement with the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, The Model Railroad Club has constructed and operates the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center, located in a mixed use area of the county’s Lenape Park off Route 22 East in Union Township.

TMRCI is open to the public every Saturday from 1 to 4 pm. The art and craft of model railroading is thriving in Union County. Club members are delighted to provide visitors with a behind the scenes look at our work. During your visit, if you have the itch, ask a member about joining.  On Tuesday evenings, in a closed session, members operate the three HO railroads using club time tables.

Free parking is available on site and the building is wheelchair accessible.

The Model Railroad Club, Inc. (TMRCI) Welcomes Senior Citizens

Many senior citizens love railroading and had model trains in the early years and practiced the hobby of model railroading. Now for many everything is packed in boxes or gone due to lack of space.  Come pay us a visit and renew the Joy.

The Club’s mission is to educate its members and the general public about the railroads, and industries they served, in the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania area. This is accomplished through the building and operating of the Club’s scale model railroad displays, and by conducting research.

The Club was founded on February 17th, 1949, by four men who shared a common interest in model railroading. The club has grown to 100+ members and one of the largest model railroad displays in America.  Housed in an11,000 square foot building designed and specifically for model railroading by club members are three remarkable layouts: a N scale, a G scale and a massive HO scale.  The Building, located on Union County Lenape park land, was donated to the Union County Parks System.

The Club is open to the public most Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm (admission fee required). There is free parking on site and the facility is handicapped assessable.  This is the time to observe the operation of various types of trains and the ongoing construction of   the layouts. You may observe the operations from the gallery or walk through sections of the layouts. This also the time that members test new railroad equipment and teach their children and grandchildren modeling and to operate their equipment.

Once a year, (Nov.24, 25, & 26 Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10) the Club presents its annual “Sound and Light Show” on its, historic HO layout. Viewed from an overhead gallery, and run by club volunteers from 14 to 90 years old, the 20-minute show (which runs repeatedly throughout the day/evening) features theatrical lighting and songs to evoke the history and magic of three regional New Jersey railroads of the 1950s.

Between shows, grandparents and kids can see the trains up-close on their 40×40-foot layout, as well as tour the 80×60-foot extension of the railroad that is still under construction and features a cork screw loop [too operate trains between two levels], hand-laid track, educational displays and video-feeds from trains as they make their way around the track.  There is also a double-decker N-scale layout (trains even smaller than HO) with operating trains and detailed scenes of New Jersey — including Port Reading harbor, steel mill and circus – in its own 30×27-foot showroom. The Club’s indoor G gauge layout will also be operating.  And there’s a snack bar, railroad/gift shop, and a play area for little ones, with Thomas trains and train videos.

WHEN:           NOV 2\4 – DEC 10 (Fri, Sat and Sun)

OPENING DAY: Friday, Nov. 24: 12:00 Noon-10pm

Then…

Fridays, 7-10 pm (Dec 1 and 8)

Saturdays, 10 am – 8pm (Nov 25, Dec 2, 9)

Sundays, 11am-8pm (Nov 26, Dec 3, 10)

WHERE:         Jefferson Avenue, off Route 22 East, Union Township, NJ
                        (Behind The Home Depot)

Being a Member of The Model Railroad Club, Inc.

When you join The Model Railroad Club, Inc., you sign up to be a part of one of the largest and most dynamic model railroad clubs in North America; a club that stresses craftsmanship, education, and prototypical operation. Your participation at other club functions and model railroad activities is always welcomed. Experience is not required, but a good attitude is. If you share these values and have a passion for “The World’s Greatest Hobby”, then we may be the club for you. Several types of membership are available to suit your circumstances. Stop by the club or visit our website at www.themodelrailroadclub.org for more information. We look forward to meeting you.

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