Back a few posts I mentioned that my first steamer, a S-C 4-6-0, had been purchased from David Sacks who by then lived in California. I purchased that engine and four or five more cars (one of them is the S-C reefer seen in the layout photos in the previous post--completely rebuilt). I also know I purchased a copy of the Scale-Craft Round Lake catalog from him, their last catalog.
In the earlier post I mentioned that Sacks had been active in the New Jersey OO group. It was known as the North Jersey Midland Model Railroad Association, a group of at that time 14 OO gaugers that had layouts and met on a round robin basis. The best known of the group was probably Bill Johann, who was later editor of The OO Road and also produced a kit for a 2-8-2 (which I will post more on soon). It sounds like it was a fun group.
As time allows I will post on other "OOdtimers," they do give a window into OO history.
UPDATE: For more see also:
Newspaper articles on his layout, 1954-61 -- http://americanoo.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-newspapers-visit-green-brook-lines.html
His later layout in California -- http://americanoo.blogspot.com/2010/02/difference-of-decades.html
Passenger cars -- http://americanoo.blogspot.com/2010/06/passenger-train-from-green-brook-and-i.html
Diesel locomotives -- http://americanoo.blogspot.com/2010/02/one-approach-to-modern-diesels-in-oo.html
Hoppers and a caboose -- http://americanoo.blogspot.com/2010/06/unit-train-of-hoppers-from-green-brook.html
David Sacks, in OO since 1939, built two OO railroads in New Jersey, then two more in California. As many as six trains can be run on any of the Green Brook lines, if six engineers can be found. The railroad occupies a special 12x30-foot building at his house.And note what is on the layout just to his right--another beer can!