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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. 

This year will bring even more information than before.  We will be including a picture of the layout owner, along with a brief description of their layout, and a layout picture in the rotating images at the top of each page. 

As always, the process of collecting dates for the 2018 open houses will begin in August of 2018.  If you've never held an open house, and would like to, please contact either Joe Walters (DE), Fran Giacoma (MD), Earl Paine (PA) or PJ Mattson (NJ) from the links below. 

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.

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.

Meet the Model Railroad Open House team:

Joe Walters

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, Philly division. 

Fran Giacoma

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 12x 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 complete. 


Earl 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 MMRs. 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 Darling

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 now lives along the Delmarva Central/Delmarva Secondary 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 2006.

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.

Thanks to those who
donated to the cost of running the site! 

Karen Darling