North Central 'O' Gaugers Model Railroad Club, Inc.

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A Model Railroad Club for members who like to run 'O' Gauge Trains

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The Toy Train Barn

Have you ever heard of The Toy Train Barn? Several NCOG members had a chance to visit this place recently and really enjoyed it. Lots of trains on display and lots of trains running on many well decorated train layouts. It's a few hours from the Chicago area, but well worth the trip. Check out their website to learn more about The Toy Train Barn.

Visitors The NCOG Model Railroad Club was host to two busloads of visitors from LOTS, the Lionel Operating Train Society, in early July, 2015. Here are some photographs of the layout in preparation for the visitors. Thanks to Larry for these photos and the photos of the visitors

Lambs Farm 2015

Thanks to all the friends and guests who came to Lambs Farm for their Train Day Special Event, on Saturday, May 16th. Lots of fun events and great trains to see and run. Here are some photos from the event.

Ken's Holiday Display

NCOG member Ken S. has a real gift in creating a beautiful seaonal display for his trains and scenery, pictures of which are posted here for your enjoyment.

At the station A lift for Santa At the market Lots of buildings Under the tree Along the tracks Holiday Display Skating in the Park

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"Special Train Events for Every One"

NCOG Recommends you visit Trainfest November 11-12 in 2017. Trainfest is at the Milwaukee Exposition center at State Fair park, 8200 West Greenfield Ave. Milwaukee (West Allis), WI 53214

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Events

Join the NCOG in 2017 for special train runs coming soon to a library near you. Check our schedule for some neat announcements.

 

O Gauge Layout The NCOG Model Railroad Club is pleased to share some wonderful pictures of a local celebrity and her two train layouts found in the Chicagoland area. The celebrity is known as "The Train Lady". At her home, she has a beautiful G Gauge Outdoor Railroad and a building loaded with a wonderful O Gauge Railroad. But here is the story by Roy and Linda Bilsbarrow: Huff and Puff Industries in Barrington, Illinois.

The pictures with the Switching Tracks Boxcar were made available through the support of the LCCA and the special program available to members of the Lionel Collectors Club of America. We were grateful for the opportunity to feature this car on our club layout during the Special Carnival Circus Run in March of 2015.

P & T Click here for pictures of Junior Engineers that ran Thomas and his Friends at Indian Trails.

Have you checked out the reference sources available on our Internet Links page? Take a look at the information available in From A-Z Trains to Tracks, Magazines, and Parts

Photos of engines from past runs can be found in the PHOTOS, as well as photos of our favorite "Junior Engineers", including some recent postings.

If you are interested in looking at pictures of trains, we'd like to direct your attention to a Flickr site from The Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

Larry's photos from the club's annual dinner meeting held at Organo's Restaurant on November 2, 2014. Thanks, Larry.

The members of the NCOG Model Railroad Club ran trains at Fall Harvest Days on the 12th to the 14th of September 2014. Videos of that event are on our VIDEOS page.

For those of you who especially enjoy Thomas on the club videos, check out this page devoted to Friends of Thomas

In August of 2013, the Mundelein Fire Department brought their retired engine #1 over the Fremont Public Library for interested kids and parents to go for a ride through some of the local streets. Larry F. brought his camera along to record a bit of that activity. Larry graciously offered to share the pictures and they may be seen here.

In early November 2013, club members were invited to get together for the club's annual meeting. Those who attended had a great time, good food, and good comapany. Larry remembered to bring his camera and took some pictures of the attendees which you can see here.

Lionel LLC has been doing some work to make understanding how to wire your layout a little easier. You might want to check out their website for more information or click here.

Have you ever been to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, The DuPage County Historical Museum, or the Illinois Railway Museum? Go to NEWS for more information about these local train sites, including directions on how to find them.

If you like trains, check out your local PBS station for "Tracks Ahead" or RFD TV on Monday's at 5:00 PM (Trains & Locomotives) and Thursdays at 3:00 PM (I Love Toy Trains).

If you can't wait until the next NCOG scheduled train run, here are some local area sites you might want to visit:

DuPage County Historical Museum
HO Gauge, over 2,000 feet of track, and highlights some of DuPage County's railroads and landmarks. Trains run from 1:30 to 3:30 on the third and fifth Saturday of each month. Admission to the DuPage County Historical Museum is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. < Click here for Details.>
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Illinois Railway Museum
Real Trains, covering over 10 acres, with real trains to ride, including buses and streetcars. Trains run on weekends, electric cars during the week. Closed now until April 2017. < Click here for Details.>
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Chicago Botanic Gardens - Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
Garden Gauge, 18 trains on a 7500 sq. ft. layout. Open 10 - 5 PM every day (with some exceptions), May 13, 2017 through October 29, 2017. Admission to the Garden Railway is noted on the information page.
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