Central Jersey DCS Demo Group
World's Greatest Hobby Show, Edison, NJ, 11-12 Dec 2004

On 11-12 December 2004, the Central Jersey DCS Demo Group presented a demonstration of the DCS system at the World's Greatest Hobby Show held in Edison, NJ.  We presented the demonstration on a hirail modular layout in the form of an octagon that was 20' 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. 

Here's an MTH Premier Great Northern Northern (4-8-4), only recently released.

The Northern passes by the MTH Electric Trains store with a flashing sign in the window

Across from our layout was the MTH booth. We snapped this photo there -- that's Jim Barrett of O-Gauge Railroading magazine, Andy Edleman of MTH, and Neil Besougloff of Classic Toy Trains magazine.

Ed and Bob of CJDCS

The Northern meets the Allegheny

We ran the O-Gauge Railroading video on DCS continuously during the show

The heart of the layout -- the TIU and the AIU that control all activity

Jim Barrett and Andy Edleman stopped by to see the layout

Andy takes a good look at how things are set up for the demonstration. He liked it!

Jim Barrett tries his hand at DCS

The OGR video on DCS attracted a lot of interest

The MTH operating car wash was a big hit!

The MTH Premier PRR FF2 goes past the MTH Electric Trains store with the flashing sign in the window

Bob points out a feature on the layout

"No, no, look THAT way!"

Kids of all ages were enthralled by the trains!

Fascinating, isn't it?

It was very crowded around the layout during the entire span of the show

The mighty MTH Premier C&O Allegheny

The MTH operating car wash was a center of attention

One side of the octagon was six kids long with room to spare!

Bob's handmade Christmas cars attracted a lot of attention!

From "The Island of Misfit Toys" we have Yukon Cornelius, the Spotted Elephant, the Bumble, and King Moonracer on the first car.

On the second car, we have Charlie-in-the-Box, the Misfit Locomotive, the Misfit Doll, and Hermey.

On the last car, we have Sam the Snowman, Rudolph, Clarice, and Santa.

And you don't think it's only kids that found the cars fascinating, do you?

The massive MTH Premier Great Northern R-2 articulated locomotive makes its way down the tracks

The MTH operating gateman also attracted its share of attention

Well, it was the middle of December, so it shouldn't be too surprising that Santa stopped by to see what all the excitement was about!

Here's the big green monster, the MTH Premier Great Northern R-2 articulated steamer ...

And here's the little green monster, the MTH Premier Great Northern S-2 Northern

"Yes, I'm running the entire layout from this little remote control!"

It's most appropriate to have a snow plow heading up a Christmas train!

MTH had the very first sample of their not-yet-released Premier Reading T-1 on display in their booth.  They were kind enough to loan it to us to run on the layout, where it attracted an enormous amount of attention.  The following photos show it at various locations on the layout.  It ran like a dream!

Jim Barrett of O Gauge Railroading magazine tries his hand at running the Reading T-1 as Andy Edleman of MTH watches to make sure that "speed demon" Barrett observes the speed limit!

Using DCS, Jim Barrett becomes the Voice of the Reading!

For seven long years, spring York and fall, Bob pestered Mike Wolf to bring out a Reading T-1.  Mike finally decided to shut Bob up and did so with style!

This little guy is the MTH RR Club Consolidation. It has the same electronics as the large locomotives, but cost only $179! If anyone tells you that this has to be an expensive hobby, tell them they're wrong!

Just about everyone who wanted to try out DCS got the chance to do so

The MTH Premier Great Northern R-2

And who says that this is a hobby just for boys?

Two trains meet at Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor

The big green monster and the little green monster have a close encounter!

The photo is deceptive -- there is no danger of a collision!

Our layout was located across the aisle from the MTH booth.  On display at the booth was a sample of the not-yet released Premier Reading T-1.  It's totally gorgeous and we really wanted to try it out.  Later on Saturday, Andy Edleman and Rich Foster brought the T-1 over to the layout.  We put it on the tracks, hooked up a train, and away it went!  Even the very first sample runs like a champ.  We ran it for a few hours and it was admired by many, many visitors to the layout.  Here's a video (just about a minute in length) of the T-1 in action!

MTH Premier Reading T-1 on the CJ DCS Layout (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Reading T-1 on the CJ DCS Layout (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Reading T-1 on the CJ DCS Layout (MPEG-4 - video)

Here's a somewhat unusual sight -- from inside the layout, here is a 360 degree view showing the entire layout (about 25 seconds in length)

The CJ DCS Layout (Real Media - video)

The CJ DCS Layout (Windows Media - video)

The CJ DCS Layout (MPEG-4 - video)

For his daughters, Bob constructed a special set of Christmas cars.  Each one has "Island of Misfit Toys" (from the animated movie "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer") Christmas ornaments glued to a flatcar.  Coupled with all of the special MTH Christmas cars, it makes up a Christmas train that attracted a great deal of attention from adults as well as kids.  Here it is in action in a 30 second video!

The Christmas Train on the CJ DCS Layout (Real Media - video)

The Christmas Train on the CJ DCS Layout (Windows Media - video)

The Christmas Train on the CJ DCS Layout (MPEG-4 - video)

Finally, here's a short (30 second) video just for fun that shows various trains running on the CJDCS layout at the show.  We hope you've enjoyed our recap of the World's Greatest Hobby Show.  We had fun doing it!

Trains in action on the CJ DCS Layout (Real Media - video)

Trains in action on the CJ DCS Layout (Windows Media - video)

Trains in action on the CJ DCS Layout (MPEG-4 - video)


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