Every college campus offers a variety of clubs and activities for students to participate in, but very few offer a club solely dedicated to model railroading. The Rensselaer Model Railroad Society was founded in 1947 at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The club consists of an even mix of 40 students and non-students. John Nehrich has been involved since 1968 and now works full time for the club. The members of the club collaborate on an HO layout of The New England Berkshire & Western Railroad. It’s an ongoing project that has gone through four different versions over the years. New club members bring fresh ideas and concepts to the layout while John keeps the vision true to the original concept.
The New England Berkshire & Western Railroad
This video is the introduction to a 10-part series with Allen Keller on The New England Berkshire & Western Railroad. The series celebrates the accomplishments of the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society. Allen Keller begins the series right outside Davidson Hall where the magic happens. Although the layout has endured many changes, the layout has remained located in the basement of the same building. Rensselaer Model Railroad Society club president Mike Barenys joins Allen Keller for the tour.
Allen Keller’s visit to The New England Berkshire & Western Railroad provides insight into club responsibilities, research and education, inspiration and techniques, as well as a behind the scenes look at the structures and design. The tour begins at the branch line at North Creek so hold on tight and prepare for the journey.