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New Jersey Division's Mission

The New Jersey Division's purpose is to share the excitement of model railroading throughout central and southern New Jersey. For over 45 years, the New Jersey Division has promoted the hobby of model railroading through one day meets and other special events for NMRA members and guests.

The New Jersey Division's goal is to not only serve the NMRA members in our geographical area, but to also introduce new people to the hobby of model railroading and the benefits of the NMRA.

The New Jersey Division is part of the Mid-Eastern Region of the
National Model Railroad Association, Inc., covering central and southern New Jersey including the counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean and Salem. For information on other parts of the state and the country, see the NMRA's Regions and Divisions page.
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The NJ Division schedules one day Meets in September, November, January, March and May. These Meets feature clinics, items for sale, model displays and contests, home layout tours and general model railroading camaraderie. Clinics range from photo presentations on prototype railroading to how-to-do-it model railroad demonstrations. We also occasionally feature trips to see the prototype railroads, with train rides, shop tours and equipment inspections when possible.

We truly strive to offer something for everyone, from the beginner to the experienced and from the casual train enthusiast to the serious hobbyist.
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A typical New Jersey Division Meet is attended by 75 or more NMRA members who enjoy clinics from experts on a wide range of topics, both model railroading and the prototype.

Other Benefits

Participation with the NJ Division will give you access to over 100 videotapes/DVDs of past Division clinics and a subscription to our newsletter, Train Orders. The newsletter keeps you up-to-date on Division Meets, Division news and other railroad related information. Your NMRA membership card will also provide you with discounts at area hobby shops.
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Get in on the Fun!!

Everyone, NMRA member or not, is welcome to come out to a NJ Division Meet and see what all the excitement is about! We're sure that after attending one or two Meets you'll be ready to participate full time, and if you are not an NMRA member yet, we have a great deal to bring you on board!

For more information on the NJ Division, use the links to the left. And if your ready to join in on the fun right now, see the
Membership information page.

If you have any questions whatsoever, please e-mail one of the Crew members (go to the
Contacts page).
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In Memoriam:

Lawrence "Larry" Patterson Jr.

Lawrence "Larry" Patterson, Jr.

Co-founder of the Gateway Model Railroad Club

Gloucester City - On November 4, 2017, a lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ, age 92. He is the beloved husband of Dottie Brooks Patterson and the late Anna K. Patterson, loving father of SuzAnne Getz (John), Deborah Martinez, Sharon Davis (Patrick), Lawrence Andrew Patterson (Carla) and dear brother of Connie (Joseph), Loretta and the late Mavine and Ruth. He is also survived by 6 dear grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Lawrence was an Army Veteran and a decorated war hero of WWII. He was an active member of Gloucester County Community Church, the founder of the Gateway Model R.R Club and a member of YFC Mission. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Friday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at GCCC, 359 Chapel Heights Rd., Sewell, NJ. Larry's Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, NJ. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. Memories and condolences made be sent to the family at
Funeral Home
700 Powell St. Gloucester, NJ 08030

Published in Courier-Post on Nov. 7, 2017
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Submissions to Train Orders can be sent to editor Fritz Plenefisch
(see Contacts page for Fritz's email address)

Next Board Meeting:
December 19, 2017
Host: Jack Menaker
Members can attend with advance notice
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