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4/13/13 LCCA 151st Anniversary of The Great Train Chase in Paterson NJ

The Lionel Collectors Club of America is proud to be hosting an all day event (April 13, 2013) in Paterson NJ to commemorate the 151st Anniversary of the Great Train Chase of 1862.  We will have several activities planned at the Paterson Museum throughout the day with activities in the afternoon at the NJ Hi-Railers club followed by a private buffet dinner in the evening.  Bring the entire family and enjoy an entire day of Lionel Trains, Real Train history and Civil War Re-enactment activities and music.

The Paterson Museum is the site of the Rogers Works Factory for the Rogers, Ketchum & Grosvenor Company where the original General steam locomotives were built.  The 12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Company "K" Reenactment group will be on-site demonstrating encampment and daily life back in 1862.  This group will do a demonstrations at 12:00 PM and then again at 2:00 PM.

We will be at the NJ Hi-Railers Club for "The General Day" from 10:00-4:00 PM.  Come and run your General trains on the 185' long NJ Hi-Railer's layout.  The public is welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy the massive and highly detailed toy train layout.  Come and see the layout used in the filming of a season ending episode of the HBO popular Cable TV Series "The Sopranos".   The NJ Hi-Railers Club is also the home of the Standard Gage Lionel layout which was previously owned and operated by the late night TV show personality and avid Lionel train enthusiast, Tom Snyder.  After Tom Snyder passed away, his lifelong companion Pam Burke donated this layout to the club.

LCCA Director Bill Schmeelk will provide a demonstration of the new LCCA/Lionel FasTrack Modular Railroad system.  We believe this new, national modular layout standard will help introduce Lionel Trains and our toy train hobby to new people and to allow for people who do not have the space in their home for a full operating layout to run and enjoy their Lionel trains.  Any company, group, school, city, or Scout organization can have a group project and participate in future LCCA Special Events with this new Lionel FasTrack Modular Railroad system.

Public $7/adult, kids free with accompanying parent.
LCCA members $3/adult, kids free. Cash food bar.
Featuring and encouraging people to run their Generals on your layout.
Evening Dinner Event Commemorating the 151st Anniversary of the Great Train Chase

On Saturday, 4-13-13 from 5:00- ??? LCCA & NJ Hi-Railer members are invited for a private evening dinner and entertainment event commemorating the 151st Anniversary of the Great Train Chase of 1862.

This evening event is limited to LCCA and NJ Hi-Railers members only.  For only $35/adult, kids under age of 18 years old $15/each members will have a full buffet dinner accompanied with a full schedule of entertainment and guest speakers.

Just before dinner, The 12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Company "K" Reenactment group will provide a color guard.  Guests will be entertained with Civil war themed music performed by The Libby Prison Minstrels.  LCCA's Bill Schmeelk is also scheduled to perform his magic act.  We are certain, everyone will be entertained and well fed with the fine Italian Cuisine of the NJ Hi-Railer's Chef Vinnie.

To register for this special evening event, go to the NJ Hi-Railers Club's website  Please go to the LCCA's website at for future updates about our activities and schedule of events.  If you have any questions, please contact Ben Fioriello at  646-335-6444 or Al Kolis at 248-709-4137 or

We hope you bring your entire family and spend your whole day learning, enjoying and experiencing some living Civil War Railroad history at the Paterson Museum and experiencing the magic of Lionel trains at the NJ Hi-Railers club.   We guarantee this will be a special,  entertaining,  educational, and most of all  a Fun-filled day.  We hope to see you in Paterson NJ on April 13, 2013 to commemorate the 151st Anniversary of the Great Train Chase of 1862.  See you there!

Al Kolis
Immediate Past President and Special Events Manager