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2015 OGRS Christmas Party

2015Bot5OGRS December Meeting is annual CHRISTMAS PARTY, which will be at Methodist Church in Bois D”Arc,  MO.    Reminder, the gift exchange at the Christmas dinner will be a White Elephant Ornament. The ornament needs to be railroad or garden railroad related. Need to have one per person. The ornament should be something that you make. Remember, this is white elephant. So, those who don’t feel like they are creative, it doesn’t matter. Just put a string and maybe some ribbon on some junk train parts and you have an ornament. Put the ornament in a gift bag so that it can’t be seen. Everyone will randomly pick one. President Bill Hickory said that there would be reindeer games at the party, whatever that is, so show around 11:00 am. It sounds like fun so be there.


November Meeting will be Sat Nov 14th!

Due to the upcoming holidays, the November and December meetings will be held the 2nd Saturday of each month instead of the normal 3rd Saturday.

This coming Saturday we will be meeting at Jim and Julie Evans’ house.  Please check out the November Newsletter  for information and directions to Jim and Julie’s house.  Jim and Julie are in the beginning stages of their new layout, the Bee’s & Owl Railroad. Jim said that he is still laying track, but trains will be running.  Lunch will be around noon.

Come join us for lunch, trains and great fellowship!

October Meeting Information

Meeting Oct, 17 2015 Dennis and Martha Rayons
They will furnish the meat and bread and drinks. Please bring salads and desert.   Bring your chairs we will be inside at their shop, the trailer will be set up.  So don’t let the weather prevent you from coming. Members can start arriving at 11:30 and we will eat at noon.

10775 Lawrence 1140
Mt Vernon Mo 65712

Take 174 from republic, as you enter Mt Vernon city limits on 174 take the 1st road to the right, FR 1140. Golf is course on the south side of 174. FR 1140 is located about center of golf course and goes north, (right). If you pass the golf course, you went too far.
From I-44 westbound, take exit 49 or highway 174, turn right. Westbound on I-44 take same exit above and turn left

A Great Train Day!

We want to thank everyone that visited the tour layouts on Saturday!  What a great day.  I believe the visitor count was over 300!  Thank you to the three tour hosts who opened their gardens and all those from the OGRS club that helped with the day.

We had several visitors that asked about the small trees that we have on our layout and I have included a link  to the Funtiques Market – Green Gallery in Ozark Missouri.  They have several “miniature” trees that work great in Garden train layouts and also in fairy gardens!   We also had a lot of questions regarding the difference between dwarf and miniature plants.   I found a great article at Two Green Thumbs website that explains it very well.

Updated! 2015 OGRS Fall Layout Tours

Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, September 25th & 26th, for OGRS Fall layout Tours.  Springfield home layouts featured are  The Frisco & White River Railroad owned by Bill Hickory, The T & J Railroad owned by Tom & Jean DeGeere, and the Frisco Back Yard Railroad owned by Rex & Melanie Easterly.   Tours are OPEN to the public and are held in conjunction with the OMRA Fall Train Show, at Remington’s in Springfield.  Frisco Back Yard