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Welcome to the
2017 Model Railroad Open House schedule. This is the
original premier site for the annual fall event. This event
showcases local model train layouts in Delaware and
we have made improvements to the website including
pictures of both the layouts and owners. In order
to keep this site advertisement free, please
consider making a donation. You can also visit our
" getting started" section and make a purchase.
to thank Karen Darling, who has managed this web
site for more than a decade. I am also grateful to Fran Giacoma who has managed Maryland for the same length
of time. Fran also manages our Facebook account.
we lost two model railroading friends. Charlie Carangi, a
long time open house participant, and a leader in in
Delaware model circles and Pete Eggink, who was a very
dear friend. Pete had a 7 1/2 gauge railroad on his
property in Maryland. Both hobbyists are sorely
I hope to see you out viewing some of our great
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. If you have problems with this,
please inform Karen.
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.
This website would not be possible without the assistance of
Karen Darling. We want to thank her for her hard work. If
you see her, be sure to let her know she is appreciated.
If you are a layout owner, see the note below on pictures.
Meet the Model Railroad Open House
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,
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
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 now lives along the Delmarva
just north of the C&D canal and has a garden
railroad. She originally started doing a
website for "G-Day" for the garden guys and offered
to do the same for the November open houses back in
NOTE: If you are hosting an
open house and have NOT sent 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. Each picture
should be in a "landscape" format. I'd prefer you send the full size image, let me do
the cropping. 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. If
your layout has a name and website, please let me know and I will
include it in the listing.
We are also working to include a photo of the layout owners.
Please send a picture of yourself along with the layout picture.
A picture taken of you in front of your layout with no others or
bright lights in the background is best.