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St. Dominic’s Church Picnic
Sharing the hobby...

by Ray Jakabcin

Every year, usually around the second weekend in September, the congregation of the parish of St. Dominic’s Church has a good old fashioned parish picnic. Hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, chips, music, entertainment and face painting.
It’s just a great time to get together as a community to enjoy the day, the close of summer and the start of the new school year. For many years Tom DiPietro a long time parishioner of the church, has invited the Central Connecticut G Gaugers (CCTGG) to provide the “entertrainment” for the young and old alike.
Members Tom DiPietro, Bill Colwell, Mark Leach, Ed Bratina and Ray Jakabcin were in attendance. Tom, Bill and Ray share joint membership in the Mohegan & Pequot Railroad Club.
The layout size is 24΄ x 12΄. The module landscaping was shared by Ray and Tom. Tom always brings an assortment of materials featuring “Spookytown”
(a Halloween town of scary proportions) along with some vintage cars for a car rally, the ever famous ”Tums” Diner, a station and preview of his new Christmas freight car(s) and scenery for the Christmas holiday.
Ray decorates the modules with the usual buildings and such, vehicles with led lighting while the featured trains were the incomparable Lionel (the original) “Thomas” (the tank engine) along with Annie and
Clarabelle and an Aristocraft 2-8-0 Rio Grande and western passenger train. A European LGB locomotive (commonly referred to as a crocodile) with passenger
coaches was also present. A Piko NYC freight train and a Bachmann railcar provide varied interest at other times on the layout.
The G gaugers always enjoy this venue as it provides great food and great fun while the parishioners are all very appreciative of the layout, sometimes parents more so than kids.
At the conclusion of the picnic plans are being made to design next year’s picnic layout.

More photos can be seen in 
Big Train Operator issue 
# 151, Spring 2014

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