The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club, Inc. will be closing down its 35 year-old Asbury Park, NJ display this month. This shore institution which first opened doors in Long Branch in 1963 has entertained thousands of shore residents each year but a change in landlords is forcing the club to abandon its nationally-known HO scale model railroad and seek new quarters. The current layout depicts scenes of the Lehigh Valley, Jersey Central, Laurel Line and Lackawanna Railroads on a route from Jersey City, NJ to Scranton, PA. The display features a one-of-kind working model of a McMyler Car Dumping Machine (which is to be featured in the next issue of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine) along with historic locations and buildings that include the massive Bethlehem, PA steel mill. The layout tells the story of how anthracite coal was transported from northeastern Pennsylvania to the New York harbor.
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