The Standard Gauge Module Association (SGMA) presented an operating standard gauge layout at the World's Greatest Hobby Show On Tour (WGHS) in Edison, NJ on February 26th and 27th, 2011. The layout featured three main lines of standard gauge tinplate track with 84", 72", and 42" diameter curves. Also featured were the Association's Horseshoe Curve modules as well as two scenic ravine modules. As is customary, the WGHS organization promoted the show heavily.
The SGMA team begins setup Friday morning.
(L-R) Bruce Gillette, Kirk Lindvig and Chris Bogus
Wayne Strobel works on connecting the modules.
Pat Rolland, Kirk Lindvig and Clem Clement checking the alignment of modules.
Saturday Am and the show is open. Ryan Gillette is at the SGMA power center, while Chris Bogus builds a freight consist.
Joe Zarnowski (NJCJOE) lubricates a passenger car before it departs on one of the SGMA main lines.
The big, colorful Standard gauge tinplate trains soon began to draw a crowd.
Kids of all ages find Standard gauge tinplate irresistible.
Clem Clement's "Stomper" made an appearance to the delight of the crowds.
Chuck Lindvig fielded questions with a dose of Wisconsin humor during the show.
There's nothing quite like the sights, sounds and the smell of tinplate!
Pat Rolland custom designed and built this remarkable Standard gauge Police rail van.
Clem Clement brought one or two vintage Lionel No. 116 hoppers to run from his collection.
A new world's record was set: 55 Lionel No. 116 hoppers plus one caboose were pulled by a hefty 408E locomotive!
Here is a video of trains running on the layout at Edison:
The Standard Gauge Module Association is looking for hobbyists to join us in the fun of introducing these great Standard gauge trains to the public. For more information visit the SGMA web page by clicking here.
To see more photos visit the SGMA photo album web site here.
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