The Rensselaer Model Railroad Society hosts weekly tours of the New England Berkshire & Western Railroad. Anyone who desires to see the impressive layout can schedule a tour for a group of five or less. Since the basement of Davidson Hall has limited space, the club can only host small groups at a time. The club has persevered through many obstacles to allow for tours. With all the passion, time, and energy put into the New England Berkshire & Western Railroad, it’s no wonder they want to show it off.
In order to offer tours, the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society traveled to San Diego to research how other model railroad display tours are managed. Their goal aimed to perform a museum type open house within a volunteer club. The student union decided the most beneficial option would be to hire a coordinator to oversee the club. They filled the position by hiring expert modeler John Nehrich. He has been working full time for the club since 1989.
Club Coordinator Responsibilities
In part six of the 10-part New England Berkshire & Western series, Allen Keller sits down with John Nehrich to discuss his responsibilities as the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society coordinator. Although a high amount of obligation falls on John as a paid member of the club, he still fits right in with the student members.
John has always had a passion for model railroading. Before the student union hired him, he was a full time volunteer. He struggled to balance volunteering and working for an income. Working as coordinator for the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society is a dream job for John. He describes model railroading as his life’s calling and views it as something both significant and enjoyable for him.
The next segment of the 10-part New England Berkshire & Western series discusses Rensselaer Model Railroad Society anniversaries. Keep watching to learn more about this impressive model railroading club and their New England Berkshire & Western model railroad.