The creation of the Central Suffolk Operations Group (CSOG) appears to have its origin sometime in 2010 in the back room of the “Three Guys Hobby” store located in Smithtown, N.Y., Betty Michaels, proprietor. Three model railroad owners ( Howard Dwyer, Ron Engel and Ward Ruland) who frequented the store Saturday mornings decided to share there layouts and ideas which eventually led to the creation of an operations group. In the search for other modelers and operators the group grew to include John Feraca, Dave Barraza, John Jaklitsh, Jeff Brody, Stephen Vaughan, Ben Lederer, Joe Gregory, John Barone, Jim Schweitzer.
Operations consist of
moving all types of freight, switching yards and industries, as well as coal and passenger trains. A typical session
keeps six to eight operators busy for two to three
hours. Some sessions have consisted of up to 10 members at one time based on the size of the layout. With each member bringing his expertise in the hobby of
Model Railroading, the individual members home layouts
have benefited by having operating session on their
railroads with minimal disruptions. Visit our Operations
Page for more photos and information:
Top Image: Burlington 060 crossing the
trestle bridge on Ron Engle " Great Northern Railroad"