Central Jersey DCS Demo Group
Great Train Expo, Edison, NJ, 12-13 Aug 2006

On 12-13 August 2006, the Central Jersey DCS Demo Group presented a demonstration of the DCS system at the Great Train Expo held in Edison, NJ.  We presented the demonstration on a hirail modular layout in the form of a stretched octagon that was 24' long by 16' across.  The curves were very wide, with diameters of 128", 120", and 112".  What follows are photos of the layout and DCS demonstrations as well as some videos that we shot at the show.  As you can see in the photos, the show was well attended and we usually had a crowd around the layout.  A few videos appear at the bottom of the page.

Here's the brand new MTH Premier PRR A5 0-4-0 switcher from the front ...

... and the side

Ed's MTH Premier PRR GG1 with the bouncing pantographs

Bob's MTH Premier PRR J1

Ed and Bob getting set to run

"No, Ed, you want the train ON the track!"

The layout this time around was 16' wide by 24' long.

That's Bob's MTH Premier PRR Atlantic heading up a train ...

... with the MTH Premier PRR Consolidation bringing up the rear in the double-header

The A5 chugs past the control module

While Bob runs his train, Ed ponders the controls

Double-headed MTH Premier steamers put out a LOT of smoke!

The passenger train rolls over Bob's modules with his MTH operating accessories

There's the little A5 again!

A better side view of the A5

Old friend Hal Lorme stops by to have a chat

We have DCS videos (from MTH and OGR Publishing) running continuously throughout the show

Which is better, the lollipop or the steam engine?

The MTH Premier GG1 with the bouncing pantographs also has steam pop-off every so often

Here's the MTH Premier NYC American #999 from the front ...

... and the side

Trains seem to span the generations

Yikes! That's an unusual MTH Premier Erie Angus (0-8-8-0) camelback coming at us!

Here's a side view of the Angus.  Truly an unusual model of an unusual prototype

Note to photographer: don't flash the corner!

The Angus smokes up a storm!

"Nah, that couldn't have been real -- could it?"

There was usually a crowd around the layout both Saturday and Sunday.

Young Josh takes over operation of the Angus.

Nick tries his hand at DCS.

Two young engineers find DCS to their liking -- yes, we let the kids visiting the show run the trains!  When we say a "hands-on" demonstration, we mean "hands-on"!

An articulated camelback -- the concept boggles the mind!

Bob's work train with the snow plow leading the way was a real attention-getter.

Erie meets Pennsylvania -- lots of smoke results.

Bob explains one of the finer points of DCS.

The GG-1 blows off a little steam!

The Angus rolls past the DCS display table.

Bob's daughters, Stephanie and Kimberley, run the trains for a while.

Ed explains DCS to a dad and his young engineer.

Bob with Warren from the Model Railroad Shop

Bob's smoking brewery attracted attention all through the show.

The little A5 got quite a workout!

The trains are enjoyed by kids of all ages!

Kids and trains -- perfect together!

Here are some short videos shot at the show.  The first shows the action on the layout, with Ed's MTH Premier PRR GG1 and Dave's MTH Premier Erie Angus.

Action on the CJDCS Layout I (Real Media - video)

Action on the CJDCS Layout I (Windows Media - video)

Action on the CJDCS Layout I (MPEG-4 - video)

The next video shows Dave's MTH Premier PRR A5 and Bob's MTH Premier J1.

Action on the CJDCS Layout II (Real Media - video)

Action on the CJDCS Layout II (Windows Media - video)

Action on the CJDCS Layout II (MPEG-4 - video)

The third video shows Bob's MTH Premier Work Train in action!

MTH Premier Work Train on the CJDCS Layout I (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Work Train on the CJDCS Layout I (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Work Train on the CJDCS Layout I (MPEG-4 - video)

The next video show's Dave's MTH Premier PRR A5 chuffing its way around the layout.

MTH Premier PRR A5 on the CJDCS Layout I (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR A5 on the CJDCS Layout I (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR A5 on the CJDCS Layout I (MPEG-4 - video)

The fifth and last video shows more overall action on the layout.

Action on the CJDCS Layout III (Real Media - video)

Action on the CJDCS Layout III (Windows Media - video)

Action on the CJDCS Layout III (MPEG-4 - video)


Last updated: 19 Jan 2015

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