GARDEN STATE MODEL RAILWAY CLUB

Open House

575 High Mountain Road – North Haledon, New Jersey 07508 – Info@GSMRRClub.org

(We are located behind the strip mall with free Municipal parking across the street next to Fire Dept.)


64th Annual

Model Railroad Show

Fun for the Whole Family! Thomas the Tank Engine! Kiddie Layout! Refreshments!


Operating Time Table No. 2022

Open 12 Noon to 5pm

November – 25th, 26th and 27th
December – 3rd, 4th, and 10th, 11th
January 2023 – 7th and 8 th

Donations: Adults $8
Children 10 and under FREE with Adult

Advance notice, our 2023 Operatintg time Table:
March 25, and 26th
April 1st, 2nd and 15th and 16th


Mixed Freight & Passenger Trains, come see our 2nd layout !

(under construction)

Things to look for in 2022:

  1. Continued progress on the New Layout space in the basement next door!
  2. More Prototypical and fully functional NORAC signals around the layout!
  3. All trains operate with Digital Command Control. More locomotives make realistic sound!
  4. Completed industries at the west end of Albatross Yard
  5. Continued progress on all facets of the Passenger Terminal
  6. New home for the Joe Hensler Brewery and distribution center at Doug Tower
  7. Fully functional turntable, roundhouse, and surrounding Engine Facility tracks
  8. Lighting in more buildings along the railroad and working grade crossing lights
  9. More Scenery, Ballasting, and Super Details all over the layout
  10. New challenge quiz to locate numerous features on our railroad.
  11. New GSN HO Model Railroad DVD for sale.

As always, an assortment of REFRESHMENTS will be sold. Be sure to take advantage of our new GRAND \STAND for young children to view the trains from! In addition to passenger and freight trains found on the prototype, we will be running our famous SANTA CLAUS EXPRESS (Nov-Dec-Jan Only). Also touring the Garden State Northern will be THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE!


Every year, the Garden State Model Railway Club holds an Open House for the enjoyment of the public. Unlike some clubs, this event is geared for both hobbyists and families. Not only will you see prototypical trains such as modern intermodal trains, coal drags, general freights, and passenger equipment, you will see our famous Santa Claus Express with various Disney and other pop culture characters for the children, not to mention Santa and his sleigh! This train has been popular with children since we first ran it back in 1993. These trains are pulled along the Garden State Northern mainline by a wide variety of steam and diesel locomotives. In 2001, the Club introduced Thomas the Tank Engine and his two coaches Annie and Claribel, another huge success. In 2002, Hogwart’s Express from the movie Harry Potter ran along the GSN mainline. In 2002, the Club also began running the ICE Train, brought home from Germany by one of its members. As the Club’s Digital Command Control system evolved, more of the locomotives in service began to produce realistic sounds and additional trains were able to be run simultaneously. In 2008, the ICE Train was replaced with an Amtrak Turboliner that whizzes down the mainline.

In addition to the Santa Claus Express and Thomas, a platform and even higher grand stand can be found in the room for the young children to view the trains from. We also have a working signal from the CNJ’s Cranford Junction on the premises. Everyone has fun switching its colors. A history of this signal will soon be posted. In 2001, as an experiment, a small switching pike was utilized for children to operate. One of our members was kind enough to supply an old engine, which took a beating against the old Atlas bumping posts! Needless to say the children had a blast with that.