• 2:44

    Overview of the Erie Railroad

    In the first video of this series, Allen Keller introduces the Erie Railroad of Harold Werthwein. As a young man, Harold rode the Erie, watched it, and loved it. This affection for one railroad evolved into a lifetime of study and exploration. Then he modeled the Delaware Division between Port Jervis and Binghamton, New York…

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  • 9:41

    Touring the Erie Railroad

    Allen Keller narrates a journey on the Delaware Division of the Erie Railroad as modeled by Harold Werthwein. Allen notes points of historic, geographic, scenic, and railway interest. Viewers will appreciate the camerawork showcasing the details of the layout, which include not only the Erie but also stations, creameries, mills, forested hills, bridges, a tunnel,…

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  • 12:46

    Milk Run on the Erie Railroad

    It’s double duty in this video, as Allen Keller follows a milk run on the Erie Railroad from Port Jervis to Binghamton, New York, and he checks back in at Port Jervis regularly to see what’s happening there. The milk run starts at Port Jervis, a railroad town that was created as a division point…

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  • 5:09

    Owner Inspiration & Techniques

    In this wide-ranging discussion with Allen Keller, Harold Werthwein covered topics from staging the train before each operating session, to the people who worked with him on building the Erie, and much more. Harold’s layout duplicated the trains that the Erie ran at different times. Harold got this information from Bob Malinoski, who compiled the…

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  • 1:59

    Hidden Track

    Harold Werthwein’s layout of the Delaware Division of the Erie Railroad had a fair amount of hidden track, to move the trains between adjacent scenes that in reality were some distance apart. Allen Keller asked Harold how much hidden track there was. Harold never measured it but he estimated 200 feet of hidden track (double…

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  • 4:09

    Making Realistic Road Beds

    Harold Werthwein details how he made the road beds so realistic on his layout of the Delaware Division of the Erie Railroad. He stresses that the road beds were part of the scenery and tried to be very careful with them. TECHNICAL DETAILS The most difficult part was to hand lay double track straight track.…

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  • 3:29

    Controlling Turnouts

    Allen Keller continued his discussion with Harold Werthwein about his layout of the Delaware Division of the Erie Railroad. Topics covered in this video include controlling turnouts, accuracy of the locomotives and rolling stock, use of kits, and the two control systems used. CONTROLLING TURNOUTS Harold had an unusual method for controlling turnouts on his…

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  • 5:42

    Rail Lynx Infrared Command Control System

    Jerry Bellina was the developer of the Rail Lynx Infrared Command Control System, and Harold Werthwein let Jerry develop it on Harold’s Erie Railroad layout. In this video, Jerry explained how the Rail Lynx System worked. RAIL LYNX SYSTEM The biggest feature was that it was cordless. Consisting of a battery pack and a handheld…

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  • 4:20

    Starrucca Viaduct

    Bridges were a visible sign of the Erie Railroad in its heyday and a notable feature of Harold Werthwein’s layout of the Delaware Division. Harold considered himself lucky to have the best bridge builder in the model railroad hobby build the bridges — Harry McGowan of College Park, Maryland. Harry was also one of the…

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