Announcements


50th Anniversary Celebration

posted Mar 31, 2014, 6:57 PM by Henry Kranz

All present and former members of the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers are invited to join us for a 50th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner on Sunday April 27, 2014 -- 2 pm at 
Trattoria Peppino (http://www.peppinotrattoria.com/) on North Avenue in Elmwood Park between Lathrop and Thatcher
. 

Tickets are $25 each and must be ordered in advance from our Treasurer Dale Schuette (shuedale@sbcglobal.net)

We'll have a slide show with photographs that date back to the club's beginnings, a few reminiscences by past and current members and a guest speaker from Kalmbach Publishing coming to honor our club's 50th anniversary! We're working on a raffle with door prizes, too.

Come to Our Fall Open House

posted Aug 20, 2012, 11:01 AM by Henry Kranz

See Oak Park’s HO model railroad club in action during its Fall Open House at the Dole Learning Center. The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers invites rail fans of all ages to participate Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 12:01 p.m. to 5 p.m. at our clubroom in the Lower Level of the Dole Learning Center, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. Free.

Before you buy that trainset for Christmas, talk to our members and get in formed on what to look for and what to avoid.

Oak Park’s Model Railroad Club Open House Saturday May 5, 2012

posted Mar 3, 2012, 8:45 AM by Henry Kranz

Come to the Dole Learning Center to see Oak Park’s HO model railroad club action during its Spring Open House. The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers invites rail fans of all ages to participate Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 12:01 p.m. to 5 p.m. at our clubroom in the Lower Level of the Dole Learning Center, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. Free.

We've been building – our scenery is developing on the Illinois level as is our right of way to the Iowa Level. You can even be a model railroad engineer on our “Kids and Friends” layout. Model railroading advice freely given by our members.

OPSME models a railroad running from Chicago west to Iowa. When completed it will have three levels. The first is a staging area with several yards; the second represents Illinois, including an Oak Park scene; and the top level represents our track through Iowa. The club uses Digital Command Control (DCC). We are incorporating current modeling techniques – computer dispatching control, helices, lightweight materials, lighting effects, and more. 

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posted Feb 18, 2012, 9:54 AM by Henry Kranz

Join us at the All-American Train Show. OPSME will be displaying a modular layout at the one-day event. Come to Lyons Township High School Field House,100 S. Brainard Ave La Grange, DuPage County, IL 60525
9 am to 5 pm
$4 (Free under age 5)

The 31st annual All American Railroad Show features 20+ layouts and exhibits of all scales of model trains and severa railroad historical societies and train museums. Great family fun for all ages. Refreshments available.No selling.

Record Crowd at November Open House

posted Nov 6, 2011, 5:57 PM by Henry Kranz

The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers is pleased to announce that Saturday's open house drew a record 151 visitors. With four trains running at all times, our kids & friends layout busy all day and The Tree Lady demonstrating the art of making scale trees throughout the event, there was enough action to entertain our guests. Special thanks to Ingrid and John Drozdak  for the trees and to all of our club members who participated to make this event one to remember. 

The attached photo shows our new Mississippi main line bridge engineered and built by Dave Wilson Enterprises.With just a few finish coats of paint the bridge will be ready to connect Illinois and Iowa replacing the temporary bridge now spanning the river.

Expert on Making Scale Model Trees to Provide Demo at Open House

posted Oct 25, 2011, 6:08 PM by Henry Kranz

November is Model Railroad Month! Come to the Dole Learning Center to see Oak Park’s HO model railroad club action. Visit the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 12:01 p.m. to 5 p.m. at our clubroom in the Lower Level of the Dole Learning Center, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. Free.

Stop by for a look at what’s been built and check out how far members progressed on the Illinois level. Operate engines in one of our classification yards or on the “Kids and Friends” layout.

As an added attraction, learn how to make scale model trees, bushes, weeds and grass lawns from an expert. A special free demonstration by “The Tree Lady”, Ingrid Drozdak, will occur continuously during the open house. 

November 2011 Open House

posted Aug 22, 2011, 3:00 PM by Henry Kranz

Visit the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers at our November Open House on Saturday, November 5 from 12:01 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. See the progress we've made on the Illinois level of our two state layout. Run a train on our DC layout. Learn about model trains and the many facets of the hobby from a dedicated group of modelers. We are happy to have you as our guest. Our club is open to new members, too! 

Thank You for Participating in our May Open House

posted May 9, 2011, 8:04 AM by Henry Kranz   [ updated May 9, 2011, 8:07 AM ]

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Spring Open House on Saturday, May 7. We appreciate your interest and are always open to welcoming members. If interested, please call 708-848-5716.

Visit Us At Our Spring Open House

posted Feb 21, 2011, 2:04 PM by Henry Kranz   [ updated Apr 4, 2011, 8:16 AM ]

Visit the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers at our Spring Open House on Saturday, May 7 from 12:01 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. See the progress we've made on our multi-layer DCC layout. Run a train on our DC layout. Learn about model trains and the many facets of the hobby from a dedicated group of modelers. We welcome new members, too!

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