The Early Days

From George Najar

In 1976 we really did not have a club. It was 
like minded people who liked LGB trains. There were three people that met in 1976 and
discussed getting together for shows. It was
not until much later that the idea of a club
was desired. I would guess the "Club" was
formed in the early to mid 80s but that is a
guess. Charles Alspach and Dan Carey were
very active in the early club. The way it worked back then was at a show we
sent out a list for people to sign who wanted
to be contacted when and where the next show
was to take place. Brian and or I would call
the list and let people know about the train
setup. As the list got larger Brian would take
Dallas and I would take West of Dallas. We borrowed LBG track,engine, and rolling
stock from Bobby Halls. We would sign it out
on Friday and sign it back in on Monday. We
had signs up for Bobby Halls so people would
know where to buy the LGB equipment. The three early adapters were: Paul Kepner II Brian Lingle George Najar
 

From Ron Greene

1. Joined 1993.
2. Chas Alspack was president.
3. Rented U-Haul to get club stuff to shows
4. Only 2 shows  per year.
5. Club stuff stored in Grand Prairie warehouse.
6. Christmas Party each year.

From  Pete Dahlberg

  • We did a show down in Palestine in the town square for the Palestine “Train Days”. Because the ground was not level we asked for some ballast, the sponsors brought us some wet building sand. It worked fine for the first several hours but as the sand dried out and we started having all sort of wrecks. The bigger problems was that we had sand in the track joiners for several years after.
  • We regularly held meetings at On the Border next to Six Flags. In fact we were having a meeting when the Oakland CA earthquake occurred.
  • We had several sessions where the club got together to help build a members layout.
  • When we decided to make the mountains we just got several large blocks of Styrofoam from a billboard company. We then had a session where we used chainsaws to carve the mountains. It was a blizzard in July.
  • Early on the club did not own anything. Members had to bring the track, powerpacks, trains, buildings, etc. It was quite a task to determine if we were going to have the right things for each show. At the end of each show it was also a task that everyone got their stuff back.
  • The objective of the club was “to have fun with trains”.
  • Meetings were split between shows, home meetings, meetings in restaurant and work sessions.
  • At one point the club was asked to build a layout for the A&M Extension Station in north Dallas. We looked at the space they were going to offer and it was not the best. Also it was going to be our expense for building the layout and we would be responsible for all the labor to do landscaping.
 
 
Today-
 
The Club has been incorporated.  We have a considerable amount of track and buildings.  We have little in the way of rolling stock.  We normally depend on our members to bring out their trains.  We have a big trailer to store everything in and to transport it to shows.  All our stuff is loaded onto roll-around racks, which makes it quite easy to load and unload.  We typically set up a 36x36 ft display at shows, but the size depends on available space.
We have membership meetings at member's homes about six times per year, and we set up for about six shows scattered throughout the year.  We encourage those interested to come to any meeting or show and introduce yourself.
We encourge you to join us at either our home meetings; train shows and displays or BOTH. We want to promote trains to kids of all ages.  We have members that only do home meetings and others that only do displays and shows to run their trains.  We some that do it ALL!
When we do shows and displays we ALWAYS need help in the set-up and teardown.  You do not have to ask to join us to help.
 
 
 
 
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