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As of October 22, 2014 the opening hours of G.F.O. have been modified as follows:

- Wednesday: optional opening from 21:00 to 23:30 for maintenance work on layouts and rolling stock.

- Friday: weekly opening from 21:00 to 23:30 with the possibility of receiving Visitor Guests. Please refer to the actual calendar of activities. Visits must be arranged beforehand, as reported in the home page.

January 6, 2015: the Director General of the FS FOUNDATION, ing. LUIGI CANTAMESSA, visited the GFO headquarters.
Dr. Cantamessa, also from Bergamo, wanted to personally see the model rendition of the railways of the Seriana and Brembana Valleys. He congratulated with GFO members for this effort, that keeps these memories alive.

January 15, 2016: after 29 uninterrupted years, our president Roberto Longhi has decided to step down, for personal reasons. Although the resignation was rejected by the Board of Members, Roberto insisted and there was nothing left to do but accept his resignation. However, Roberto will continue to be active in GFO. A special thanks goes to Roberto, as he was instrumental in obtaining the concession of the premises of the first GFO headquarters at the “Lazzaretto”, and then of the current headquarters, next to the ATB museum.

May 6, 2016: the GFO Assembly has appointed the successor to the office of president in the person of Marco Ponzoni. Competent enthusiast and fine model maker, Marco has been part of the GFO for more than 25 years.

February 17, 2017: the renewal of the old social layout begins. The “Borghetto” station and the two return loops have been retained, although their track pattern has been altered. The "up and down" modules have been eliminated, and replaced with four modules from the new modular layout, courtesy of Franco Bonomi and Erli Pievani. Layout now may run on either DC or DCC, to allow the circulation of all models of the Members.

October 1, 2017: ATB has changed its organization of the night porter service. After 22:00 and up to 24:00, only the Members registered on the list handed over to the security service will be able to access the ATB premises.

January 11, 2019: Erli Pievani communicates his intention to leave the GFO, much to everyone's regret. After so many years of activities within and for the GFO, Erli generously leaves as “inheritance" both the modules he had created for the new layout and the extensive "Val Seriana" section of the FVB-FVS layout he had worked on for a long time.

December 1, 2019: The latest version of the "exhibition" GFO modular model is presented at "Trenini in Mostra" in Carnate, with the addition of the new modules created by Claudio and Carlo Brambilla, by Beppe Ravasio and Pierluigi Piromalli, and by Marco Ponzoni. Also introduced were the new large-radius curves, although we were not able to complete their Landscaping. As of now, the layout includes 22 modules, for an overall length in excess of 25m and an overall length of the track equivalent to more than 8 km in 1/87 scale.

February 14, 2020: Enrico Lebbolo, the first secretary of the GFO when the club was founded in 1984 reaches Aquilino (Lino) Pesenti Gritti, the first president of the GFO, in the model railroadres' paradise. Great and sincere enthusiast with an exuberant personality, Enrico left the Group immediately after moving to the Lazzaretto in 1992.

March 9, 2020: Due to COVID-19, the club quarters are closed until further notice. Although it is possible to arrange individual visits of members at daytime, evening gatherings and regular club meetings are currently not possible. Informal gatherings and work sessions on the club H0 modules are temporarily moved to facilities made available by Marco Ponzoni at his home address in Trezzo d’Adda.

August 17, 2020: Current and former GFO members gather for the funeral of Valter Ginami, a long time member of the club and a wonderful person, and to remember former GFO members recently passed away because of age, illness, or the COVID pandemics.

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