Above: A Metro-North commuter train awaits passengers at the Danbury Train Station - home of the Danbury Railway Museum. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Danbury and Garden State Northern
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Above: Club members explore the ex-Boston and Maine steam locomotive on the property. Photo Credit: Stu Dom

Below: A former Penn Central RS-11 is parked on the grounds of the Danbury Railway Museum. Photo Credit: Stu Dom

Above: A city scene on the Garden State Model Railroad Club's HO scale layout. Photo Credit: Stu Dom

Below: An overview of the Model Engineers Railroad Club of North Jersey's O scale layout. Photo Credit: Stu Dom

Article By: Jim Spavins

On March 10, 2012, about a dozen members from the Mohegan Pequot Model Railroad Club met at the commuter parking lot off Exit 74 in Niantic, CT, and departed for a day of railfanning and layout tours in western Connecticut and New Jersey. The first stop on the agenda was at the Danbury Railway Museum. Most of the members in attendance had not been before and were treated to a guided tour of the museum grounds. There was a lot of interesting equipment to view, including a number of items of modeling interest to club members. We were a bit tight on time so the stop only lasted about an hour before we returned to our cars for the quick trek down to North Haledon, NJ.

When we arrived in New Jersey, we visited the an open house of the Garden State Model Railroad Club. Their HO scale layout is located in the basement of a shopping center and is an excellent place to visit. The layout features a working signaling system and great scenery featuring areas in and around New York and New Jersey. Next door to the Garden State Model Railroad Club is an O scale club called the Model Engineers Railroad Club of North Jersey. Their layout is from another era when island style layouts were popular. The layout features hundreds of feet of handlaid track. The membership has unfortunately been dwindling and we received word that it would probably be the last show for the layout. It was certainly great to see a layout of a bygone era and it will be a bit sad to see all of this work taken down. After visiting both layouts for several hours, the club headed back to Connecticut.

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