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69 O G A U G E R A I L R O A D I N G J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 On Tour with Weaver and OGR Setting the Stage OGR Publishing and Weaver Models had a long and cordial history of working with each other. So when Joe Hayter, CEO of Weaver Quality Craft Models, came to us in 2003 suggesting we do tours of the Weaver factory in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, during the week of the TCA Eastern Division Train Meet at the Fairgrounds in York, Pennsylvania, the response was positive. Northumberland was close enough to York that a day trip to Weaver headquarters by bus was a practical option. I was assigned to manage the tour project from our end, which turned into a very interesting job for me that lasted the better part of a decade. As planning for the tours got underway, it soon became apparent that the size of the Weaver factory was an important factor in determining how many people could be accommodated at one time. It turned out that about 45 hobbyists, or one bus load of O-gaugers plus a couple of OGR staffers as bus guides, were the maximum number that could tour the factory without overloading the workspace. An ingenious and delicious solution doubled the number of tour attendees who could see the factory on these trips. Early Wednesday morning, two buses left the York Fairgrounds for the Weaver factory. One bus pulled into Front Street Station, billed as a "railroad eatery" in Northumberland, for a substantial, high-quality buffet lunch that soon became another high point of the tours. An additional plus was that Front Street Station was located next to active railroad tracks, so we could watch trains while we ate. At the same time, occupants of the other bus went straight to the Weaver factory and took the guided tour where they could actually see rolling stock and locomotives being assembled, painted, and decorated. ey learned about manufacturing O gauge trains here in the United States the Weaver way and were able to ask questions of the Weaver folks, including Joe Hayter, right there on the production floor.—George Seil, OGR Office Manager–retired 1 2 3 4

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