The Garden State Railroad Prototype Modeler's Meet


November 4th 2017

NJ RPM Clinics

November 5th, 2017

Layout Tours


The Union County Vocational-Technical School is our location.
1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Google map

In Association with:


Garden State Division, Northeastern Region, of the National Model Railroad Association


Layout Design Special interest Group
The Layout Design Special Interest Group, Inc. (LDSIG) is an association that is focused on bringing attention to designing model railroad layouts and their elements.   We act as a forum the exchange of member information and ideas.  We promote, develop, support and encourage the participation by the public in model railroading.  As part of that effort, we provide free layout design assistance at several NMRA sponsored events .

Layout Design Insight / Consultation / Assistance
We are setting up half-hour time slots for layout design support during a variety of Meet times, early morning, and during the day.   And, we only sign up help-seekers in person at the LDSIG desk.  Help sessions will run 30 minutes long, that is a good balance of time to get to know what someone is trying to accomplish and avoiding repetition or distraction.

The LD-SIG will be selling back issues of the Layout Design Journal

Registration is $20 starting October 30, and at the door.

Click here for the Registration form (PDF file)
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The best hobby bargain in New Jersey!!

Bring your models! These can be in any scale. Bring in-process works to share your ideas. Many tables will be available for model displays.

Hotels in the area:

Best Western Westfield Inn
435 North Avenue W, Westfield, NJ 07090
Call to Book: 1-855-276-7320
Holiday Inn Clark
36 Valley Road, Clark, New Jersey 07066
Contact: 732-574-0100
Kenilworth Inn – Kenilworth
60 S 31st St., Kenilworth, NJ, 07033
Contact: ‎866 539 8430‎

Download this campus map so you can easily find your way to the event!


Atlas Model Railroad Co, INC
Bethlehem Car Works
Erie Lackawanna Historical Society
Funaro & Camerlango
Garden State Division of the NMRA
Rocket Express Models
Shortline Models
Speedwitch Media
Bob's Photo
Brian Palmer

We have plenty of space for vendor tables. Hobby vendors should drop us a message to get on board the 2016 Garden State RPM event!

2017 Clinic and Vendor Map

West Hall

2015 Event Clinic Photos


Ralph DeBlasi's 2015 clinic

Rich Taylor's 2015 clinic.

Vince Lee

Vincent Lee's 2015 LCL clinic.

Vedors 2015

F&C Vendor Tables during the 2015 meet.


Saturday November 4th

A day of presentations focused on prototype modeling, model railroad layout design and operations. Several of the region's model railroaders will discuss their experiences and lessons learned.

Time Slot Clinician Subject
Schedule as of 06/01/17

Bring your layout designs to display and share. We have plenty of space for displays to share ideas. A design and op help desk will be available Saturday afternoon to assist with your questions.

Lunch and dinner can be found at several good local eateries. Details will be available at the event.

SKILLS USA students will have coffee, donuts, and pizza for sale through the day.

Layout Tours

Saturday November 5th

Self-guided layout tours.  Here's a chance to visit and see some of the best layouts the area has to offer. 
Here are the layouts ready for the Saturday's tour.

Layout Owner





Sunday November 6

Self-guided layout tours.  Here's a chance to visit and see some of the best layouts the area has to offer. 
Here are the layouts ready for the Sunday tour.

Layout Owner




Ted DiIorio Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, Pennsylvania Division, circa 1943

10:00 AM

2:00 PM

Father David Garretson Great Western Railway (Great Britain) Welsh Coal fields/Severn Tunnel Jct. mid 1930's

12:30 PM

6:00 PM

Ron Klaiss Mine Mount & Seaside HO/HOn3 layout.

10:00 AM

2:00 PM

Tony Koester Nickel Plate RR 3rd sub

12:00 PM

5:00 PM

Andy Rubbo Pennsylvania Railroad Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Division

1:00 PM

5:00 PM

Raymond Russell N&W Pocahontas Div. (Toms River, good for people heading southbound to get home)

10:00 AM

3:00 PM

Perry Squier Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern

12:00 PM

4:00 PM

Jerry Wooley New York and Long Branch RR: PRR and CNJ (Point Pleasant NJ)

10:00 AM

3:00 PM


More to be confirmed and added soon! UPDATED June 1, 2017 22:57

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