The image above, taken at the 2016 National Train Show in Indianapolis, IN, shows the ETEGL's modular layout staging yard clogged with Marklin (and some other makes) beer cars. On July 9 the ETEGL made a bold statement and threw down the gauntlet to every other ETE chapter with a modular layout- BEAT THIS.
THE RESULT: 65 cars, 130 axles, and an overall length of nearly 28 feet of beer cars making their way around the chapter layout without incident several times. Marklin USA's own Gale Cousins was there to witness the (record-breaking?) event. Well done, ETEGL, and ZUM WOHL!