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General Website Information and History

This site is presented by the Garden State Model Railway Club, Incorporated. It began in 1999 when then junior member Robert J. Savino took on the role as Webmaster and began designing this site after having taught himself HTML programming. It started as a simple 5-page site on Angelfire and grew into the current format. In 2000, then junior member Anthony R. Tofani designed the Virtual Layout Tour. In 2001, Anthony introduced our first Railroad History Pages. Robert E. Savino (DCC Bob) contributes many photographs to the site and authors quite a few of the History Pages. Continued growth justified obtaining our domain, GSMRRClub.org.

In early 2003, despite the fact that the site was on the brink of running out of room on Angelfire, there was a massive failure and parts of the site were lost. Vowing never to let this happen again, Webmaster Rob asked the Club to seek the services of a professional host. During the selection process and rebuilding phase, the site was hosted by Rob's friend and college roommate, James Lauser, on a unique "caseless" webserver that hung on a wall in their dormitory. More recently, James has contributed numerous photographs to this site. Finally, Always Web Hosting was chosen!

In April 2004, after months of code work, Webmaster Rob Savino launched a modified website to conform to the latest web standards. The site now has a site map along with numerous other navigation tools, a stated committment to your privacy, and it is fully designed to fit an 800X600 screen. All of the large photos in the galleries are now available in a reduced size. The website was also brought in compliance with HTML 4.01 standards. This hard work paid off as the GSMRRClub website was distinguished with its first three awards in July 2004.

In April 2007, the Club hooked up with James Lauser once again and was using his new professional hosting services. Soon after in November 2009, the Club launched its Facebook page. James was instrumental in setting it up and has been maintaining it since.

In June 2011, due to several factors, James decided to discontinue his hosting services. GSMRRClub.org is now using GoDaddy hosting services. In January 2012, Rob realized the basic domain MODELRAILROADSHOW.com was available and set it up to take visitors directly to the Club's open house page!

In September 2015, the Club delved a little farther into social media creating a Twitter account. Icon buttons were added to the left side menu and also placed at the bottom of the home page and open house page.

This site is dedicated in loving memory of:
Honorary GSMRRC Member Ray Allen, 1953-2004.
Full GSMRRC Member David Speid, 1930-2007.
Associate GSMRRC Member Bill Weisse, 1932-2009.
Full GSMRRC Member Ed Fraedrich, 1931-2010.
Full GSMRRC Member Ron Sandgran, 1948-2012.
Full GSMRRC Member Joel Zwiebach, 1949-2013.
Full GSMRRC Member Doug Earls, 1969-2015.
Full GSMRRC Member Skip Gangel, 1958-2016.
Full GSMRRC Member El Holly, 1937-2017.

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About the Authors

Robert J. Savino, originally from Bergenfield, NJ, is a Gas Pipeline Cartography, Design, and Standards Engineer with Precision Pipeline Solutions, LLC consulting for Central Hudson Gas & Electric in the Hudson Valley of New York. He holds a dual bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rob attended Railcamp and has been a member of the NRHS ever since. His favorite railroad is the East Broad Top Railroad, which he visited at least twice per year before they stopped operating. Rob is also a member of the Friends of the East Broad Top, Rockhill Trolley Museum, and Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Society. He was employed in the mechanical department of the Morristown and Erie Railroad for the summer of 2004. His interests include NHL and NCAA hockey, web design, photography, and music.

Anthony R. Tofani, originally from West Milford, NJ, is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in Structural and Thermal systems. Currently he resides in Ohio and is the Senior Director of Engineering and Planning at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Prior to that he spent considerable time as a project consultant with a Pennsylvania-based consulting enginering firm in the passenger rail industry. His interests also include black–and–white photography, SCCA autocross, and classic vehicle restoration.

James L. Lauser, originally from Bergenfield then Rockaway, NJ, is a Senior Softward Design Lead at CommerceHub in Albany, NY. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was Rob's roommate for 3 years. For a number of years, James owned and operated a web hosting business and hosted websites for numerous friends, associates, and the Club. He is an avid photographer, not just of trains, and is hard at work on an HO model railroad in his basement.

Robert E. Savino is retired from the position of Unisys mainframe consultant at Toys R Us. In 2013, Bob created RES Electronics, LLC to provide expert repair of all audio equipment. He is the lead guitarist in Greentree Road, a local classic rock band. Bob has been a railfan his entire life and started hand-laying track when he was 16. He holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In 2001, "DCC Bob" convinced the Club to purchase a North Coast Engineering DCC system because of his relay circuit design that safely allowed us to keep the old DC system. This very circuit was featured in the December 2003 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman. In 2010, he began building the Club's signaling system using Bruce Chubb's C/MRI and electronic components. Bob is a member of the NRHS, NMRA, Friends of the East Broad Top, Rockhill Trolley Museum, and other groups.

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Site Updates (beginning April 2, 2004)

Minor updates such as link additions or code changes will not appear below. As of February 24, 2005, there is a "Last Updated" date posted on the bottom of each page. This will reflect any change to that respective page.

August 3, 2017 - Posted the Flyer for our 60th Annual Open House! This is also the 25th Open House of the "new" layout at 575 High Mountain Road!
July 29, 2017 - Broke ground on the new HO railroad at 569 High Mountain Road! Jim cut and installed the first piece of benchwork at this historic work session.
July 21, 2017 - Formally approved the design of a new HO railroad to fill the basement of 569 High Mountain Road at the July Business Meeting!
January 13, 2017 - Added a photo of the new Minions car to the Santa Claus Express photo gallery.
January 9, 2017 - Uploaded details for our 6th Annual Spring Open House!
August 19, 2016 - Uploaded the Flyer for our 2016 Open House!
January 20, 2016 - Posted details for our 5th Annual Spring Open House!
January 11, 2016 - Revised our Privacy Policy and began using the analytical services of StatCounter.
December 3, 2015 - Added five new photos to the Santa Claus Express photo gallery.
November 20, 2015 - Voted to take over and lease the space vacated by the O Scale Model Engineers Railroad Club of North Jersey next door at 569 High Mountain Road.
November 6, 2015 - Revamped our Annual Open House page with seven new photographs! Additional Open House photos were integrated into our Virtual Layout Tour.
October 8, 2015 - Created a brand new page showcasing and detailing the installation of our Signaling and Detection System!
September 28, 2015 - Overhauled our entire Virtual Layout Tour introducing a brand new navigation system, adding many new photographs, updating commentary, and reorganizing each page!
August 21, 2015 - Posted the Flyer for our 58th Annual Open House! We are trying something new and will be open from 1PM to 6PM on Black Friday November 27th.
August 3, 2015 - You can now Follow Us on Twitter!
January 11, 2015 - Uploaded details for our 4th Annual Open House in March!
September 28, 2014 - Added twelve photos to our Construction pictures page! The original eastbound mainline constructed in 1992 behind the Viaduct was realigned and the Car Shop area was totally reconfigured.
July 6, 2014 - Uploaded the Flyer for our 2014 Open House!
March 13, 2014 - Dug into the archives and added photos from 2010 Trips and 2009 Trips to our brand new Gallery!
February 2, 2014 - Added three photos to our Construction pictures page! Two show the construction of Raystown Lake and one shows the track reconfiguration at West Albatross.
January 25, 2014 - Finished a Virtual Tour page for Raystown Lake on the branch line!
January 23, 2014 - Added a new page in the Membership section talking about Club Parties!
January 22, 2014 - Uploaded details for our 3rd Annual Open House in March!
July 22, 2013 - Posted the flyer for our 56th Annual Open House!
February 7, 2013 - Created a brand new Virtual Tour page for Woodvale at the very north end of the branch line!
January 31, 2013 - Updated two more Virtual Tour pages!
January 30, 2013 - Updated the DOUG Tower page with Brewery photos and created a brand new page for Robertsdale!
January 27, 2013 - Updated eight Virtual Tour pages!
January 21, 2013 - Posted details for our 2nd Annual Spring Open House!
August 19, 2012 - Uploaded the Flyer for our 2012 Open House!
January 31, 2012 - Launched the domain www.ModelRailroadShow.com to promote our Open Houses!
January 23, 2012 - The Club announces its first ever Open House in March!
January 12, 2011 - Posted our 2011 Open House Flyer on the show page.
October 5, 2010 - The 2010 Open House Flyer is now uploaded on the show page.
April 3, 2010 - Updated our Scout Night page!
March 1, 2010 - Order our 50th Anniversary Club Car today while supplies last!
November 15, 2009 - Become a Fan of the GSMRRClub on Facebook!
July 1, 2009 - 2009 Open House Flyer posted on the show page. Homepage image changed to match.
October 25, 2008 - The Club's Local Railroad History pages are now located at HISTORY.GSMRRCLUB.ORG.
July 20, 2008 - Posted our 2008 Open House Flyer on the show page.
October 23, 2007 - The Club issued this Press Release regarding its upcoming 50th Anniversary Open House.
July 4, 2007 - Six Construction photos added!
July 1, 2007 - 2007 Open House Flyer posted on the show page. Homepage image changed to match.
June 17, 2007 - 38 New Club Trip photos, including two NYS&W chases, added for 2006!
April 22, 2007 - The Club celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its incorporation on this date in 1957!
November 25, 2006 - The Club was issued a Citation by the 35th Legislative District of the State of New Jersey!
August 15, 2006 - 17 New Club Trip photos added for the second half of 2005.
May 17, 2006 - The Club issued this Press Release regarding its upcoming 50th Anniversary.
April 26, 2006 - Three Lackawanna Cutoff History pages updated!
April 23, 2006 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was presented with the Bronze Casey's Celtic Charm Award!
April 14, 2006 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was presented with the Bronze Fun Tyme Entertainment Award!
March 27, 2006 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was upgraded to the Silver Ciosbahn Award! This site was also presented with Csb's Great Railways Photo Collection Award.
March 20, 2006 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was upgraded to the Gold Green Light Award!
March 13, 2006 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was presented with the Waldovia State Railways Web Award!
March 9, 2006 - 2006 Open House Flyer posted on the show page. Homepage image changed to match.
February 19, 2006 - 42 Photos posted to a brand new gallery featuring a roster of Garden State Northern and Affiliated Equipment, including locomotives and other rolling stock!
November 5, 2005 - Five Virtual Layout Tour pages updated!
September 12, 2005 - New Andover History page!
September 5, 2005 - GSMRRClub.org becomes just the third website to wear the Roundhouse of Recognition(TM) Badge of Honor from Railroad Award Sites!
August 29, 2005 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was presented with three more Awards!
August 12, 2005 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was upgraded to the Gold City Station Award!
August 8, 2005 - We're back! Our web host, Always Web Hosting, experienced a totally unexpected failure of three hard drives in a RAID! After a couple of weeks in the dark with no site or e-mail, service was restored. Thank you to Ronnie and the AWH staff for their speed in this recovery process. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
July 18, 2005 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was presented with the Bronze World Wide Web Award!
July 4, 2005 - Six Construction photos added!
July 3, 2005 - Two Work Session pages updated (Scenery and Trackwork) and a new one created (Wiring)!
June 27, 2005 - 22 New Club Trip photos added for the first half of 2005.
June 20, 2005 - Little Ferry History page updated.
June 17, 2005 - Club Trip pages are now completely archived for easy navigation! 2005 trip photos coming soon.
June 7, 2005 - New Delaware River Viaduct History page!
April 1, 2005 - New Paulins Kill Viaduct History page!
April 1, 2005 - Port Morris and Brooklyn-Stanhope Road pages updated.
March 1, 2005 - Three Lackawanna Cutoff History pages updated (including the main page).
March 1, 2005 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was upgraded to the Silver Smokin' Award(TM)!
February 26, 2005 - New Brooklyn-Stanhope Road History page!
February 20, 2005 - 2005 Open House Flyer posted on the show page. Homepage image changed to match.
January 28, 2005 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was presented with the SpeedyAdverts Webmaster Award!
January 14, 2005 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was presented with the Bronze Rose Award!
January 8, 2005 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was presented with the Web Gem Award from TrainNet.org!
January 5, 2005 - 2005 Open House information posted. Flyer coming soon.
January 1, 2005 - 14 photos added to our Club Trip Archive to complete 2004. This includes our latest trip to the East Broad Top railroad in October.
January 1, 2005 - New Santa Claus Express photo gallery added.
January 1, 2005 - New Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge requirements posted on Scouts page.
December 21, 2004 - The Garden State Model Railway Club was presented with the Silver City Station Award!
November 30, 2004 - New Port Morris and Landing History page!
October 4, 2004 - 12 photos added to our Club Trip Archive to complete 2002, 2003, and begin 2004.
October 3, 2004 - The entire site was brought in compliance with HTML 4.01 specs.
September 13, 2004 - North Haledon Day 2004 photos added.
August 16, 2004 - 14 photos added to our Club Trip Archive from the end of 2002 into 2003.
July 22, 2004 - GSMRRClub.org was presented with three Awards!!!
July 8, 2004 - 2004 Open House Flyer posted on show page. Homepage image changed to match.
June 6, 2004 - New Site Information page!
June 6, 2004 - New photos all through the site. Thanks James!
June 5, 2004 - E-mail List submission works again!
April 7, 2004 - New Club History page!
April 7, 2004 - New NRHS-NPS Rail Camp page!
April 7, 2004 - ICE Train photos added to the Foreign Equipment page.
April 7, 2004 - New Soggy Bottom page on the Virtual Tour!
April 2, 2004 - Updated Slateford History page.
April 2, 2004 - New Johnsonburg History page!
April 2, 2004 - New Pequest Fill History page!

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Contact us - By US Mail

Garden State Model Railway Club, Inc.
575 High Mountain Road
North Haledon
New Jersey
07508-2605

Contact us - By Electronic Mail
Alternatively, you may find it easier to use our Comment Form.

General Information, Open House, Membership, Scout Program, etc.
Info@GSMRRClub.org

Electrical Systems (DCC and DC), Operations, Railroad History Feature, Club History
DCCBob@GSMRRClub.org for Treasurer and Life Member Bob Savino

Website Issues, Comments, Content, Links, etc.
Webmaster@GSMRRClub.org for Webmaster Rob Savino

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Map and Directions

Map to GSMRRC
The map was updated on January 10, 2012. This map is not to scale.
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We are located directly across the street from Fire Co. 2, underneath The Health Stop, less than 5 minutes from William Paterson University.

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From Interstate 80 (from the east)
Take exit 60 onto Route 20 North all the way to the end. Bear left onto 1st Avenue. Go about 1/4 mile. Bear right and cross the Passaic River into Hawthorne. Continue on Lincoln Avenue to the third light. Make a left onto Diamond Bridge Road. Continue to the end and make a right onto Goffle Road. Proceed to traffic light and make a left onto Rea Avenue Extension. At the top of the hill, you will enter North Haledon. About 1/4 mile farther is another traffic light. Bear right onto North Haledon Avenue. The Second stop sign is High Mountain Road. Turn left and go about 1/2 mile. The Club is on the right.

From Route 208
Take the Goffle Road-Paterson exit. The Third light is Rea Avenue Extension. Make a right and follow the instructions above from Interstate 80.

New Alternate Route (From Route 208)
Take the Ewing Avenue exit. Turn LEFT onto Ewing Avenue. (Follow the signs for William Paterson University) At the end of Ewing Avenue, turn left onto High Mountain Road. As you pass a Foodtown, bear left to stay on High Mountain Road. The Club will be about 1.5 miles past this point on your right.

From Garden State Parkway (from the south)
Take exit 156 and follow signs to Route 20 North. Proceed as above.

From Garden State Parkway (from the north)
Take exit 163 onto Route 17 South to Route 4 West. Take Route 4 West to Route 208 North and proceed as above from Route 208.

From Interstate 287
From either North or South, take exit 59 onto Route 208 South. Take the first exit (High Mountain Road/Colonial Road). Loop around to the stop sign. Make a left onto High Mountain Road. Go about 3.5 miles to North Haledon. As you pass a Foodtown, bear left to stay on High Mountain Road. The Club is approximately 1.5 miles past this point on your right.

New Alternate Route (From Interstate 287)
From either North or South, take exit 59 onto Route 208 South. Take the Ewing Avenue exit. Turn RIGHT onto Ewing Avenue (follow WPU signs) and proceed as above.

From Interstate 80 (from the west)
Take exit 43 onto Route 287 North and proceed as above from Interstate 287.

From Route 23 (from the south)
Take the Ratzer Road exit. Follow past William Paterson University to Church Street. (Exxon station on corner). Make a left onto Church Street. Bear left at the Shell Station as you enter North Haledon. The Club is on your left about 1/4 mile past the Linda Vista Road traffic light.

From Route 23 (from the north)
Take the exit for Interstate 287 North. Follow directions for Interstate 287 above.

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Your privacy is very important to us. The Garden State Model Railway Club, Inc. (herein GSMRRC) protects and respects the privacy and rights of the individuals that visit our website. No effort is made to identify individuals without their knowledge. This policy will explain how we protect your privacy and what we will and will not do with information we collect from our visitors at GSMRRClub.org. By visiting our site, you agree to and accept the terms of this Privacy Policy.

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Visitors to GSMRRClub.org are not required to submit any unique information (such as your name, e-mail address, etc.) in order to visit any portion of our site. Personal information is only obtained when you specifically and knowingly provide it, either via e-mailing any of our contact e-mail addresses or submitting your e-mail address and other information in our contact form or to join our e-mail list (see below). We kindly ask that you look down our contact list and select the appropriate contact e-mail for your comment or question so that only one GSMRRC member sees your information. We reserve the right to forward your e-mail to the GSMRRC member (on our contact list) who can best respond to you. For example, a question about our dual DCC/DC system sent to Info@GSMRRClub.org would be forwarded to DCCBob@GSMRRClub.org. At the bottom of every History page, you will find the contact e-mail of the person who is the most knowledgable on the location discussed on that page. If multiple contacts are listed, any one of them should be able to help you. The GSMRRC loves to read your comments and railroad or modeling stories! Your personal accounts will only be shared with your permission.

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As stated above, only you can voluntarily submit your e-mail address to the GSMRRC. Submitting your city and state are optional and are requested simply to observe where our visitors generally are from. The form saves this information to a secure location. Your e-mail address will only be used for the purposes stated above, to announce our Open House or other Club events, announce updates to GSMRRClub.org, or respond to your inquiry. At no time will your e-mail address be given to a third party. You may remove yourself from our e-mail list at any time simply by e-mailing the Webmaster.

Information Collected Automatically
As of January 2016, the GSMRRC is using StatCounter.com to provide analytics and usage logs to its Webmaster. This information includes the visitor's browser, browser's domain name, operating system and version, IP address, screen resolution, date and time of visit what pages the visitor requests, and what page referred the visitor to the requested page. Only the Webmaster has access to this data and it is examined ocassionally as a whole to see what areas of our site are most popular and how visitors get there. The GSMRRC does not use this information to track individual visitors, and we do not share the specific data in our server logs with any third party. However, we may find it necessary to trace IP addresses if we receive reports of abuse or find evidence of attempts to violate site security. No other information about visitors is collected.

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To allow the GSMRRC to track whether the visitor is a first-time or returning visitor, a cookie is sent to the visitors' computer. This information is collected solely to improve service and for statistical purposes and is not used to identify individuals. All linked sites are provided as a resource for your browsing pleasure. The GSMRRC is not responsible for any content found on those sites, any information collected by those sites, or any cookies placed by those sites.

Committment to the Privacy of Children
Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important to the GSMRRC. For that reason, we will never collect or maintain information at our web site from those visitors we actually know are under the age of 13 without parental permission.

Alterations to this Policy
As changes to GSMRRClub.org are made, the GSMRRC may have to modify this policy. All changes will be posted here.


 
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Copyright Information and Disclaimer

This website and all of its contents are protected by United States Copyright Laws. None of its contents may be used without the proper author's explicit permission.

All 'before' photos in our History Section are used with the most sincere intent to educate and illustrate to our visitors how our mighty Railroad History has changed over time. We are committed to Fair Use policy and Full credit is given. In addition, these photographs are displayed at no more than 640 pixels in either direction so they are of no use outside of this site. Robert and Anthony fully endorse and highly recommend the publications in which these photos are found to our fellow railroad historians!

All other pages and files within this site not explicitly Copyrighted are Copyrighted ©1999-2017 Robert J. Savino. All rights are reserved.

Photos by Robert J. Savino, Anthony R. Tofani, Robert E. Savino, James L. Lauser, and any other GSMRRC member may be used privately (desktop backdrops, etc.). They may not be distributed, sold, or edited without explicit permission. However, if you would like to use a photo for other reasons, please inquire. Many are available in larger sizes, as well as many similar photos that were left off of the site.

Opinions on this site are kept to a minimum. Any opinions expressed on this site are those of the Webmaster and do not necessarilly reflect the opinions of the GSMRRC.

All linked sites are provided as a resource for your browsing pleasure. The GSMRRC is not responsible for any content found on those sites, any information collected by those sites, or any cookies placed by those sites.

Disclaimer: The Garden State Model Railway Club, Inc., any Club member, this website, and the Webmaster shall not be held liable for any damages or losses whatsoever resulting from reliance or usage of any files of any kind anywhere on this website under any circumstances.


 
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