• 2:11

    In this video, view an overview of the New England, Berkshire & Western model railroad layout. This video is Allen Keller’s tribute to the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society on the 50th anniversary of the club and 25th anniversary of the New England, Berkshire & Western model railroad. This is the fourth version of the HO

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  • 19:27

    Our tour of the New England, Berkshire and Western model railroad begins with an Alco RS-3, one of the many on the line. It picks a car up at the Garnet Mine Shed. The switching move passes Sullivan’s Cole Company. At North Creek Station train 182 the Local is leaving for Chateaugay. When 182 reaches

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  • 2:59

    The New England Berkshire and Western is an imaginary line running between Troy and Chateaugay, New York with a hidden track continuing onto Montreal. The club chose this area because they live there, but also because they drew inspiration from another layout, says John Nehrich, the Club Coordinator. Originally based in the 1960’s, they tried

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  • 3:31

    The last time Allen Keller visited the New England, Berkshire and Western model railroad was in 1987 when about 40% of the layout was completed. He speaks in this video with Mike Barenys, the Club President. About 90% of the layout is done now. Many say that the last 10% is the hardest because there

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  • 7:15

    The club adopted a method they saw in Model Railroader to ballast the New England, Berkshire and Western model railroad, a project layout they had in 1965. On top of the fill is another step for the ballast, so there is a thin layer of ballast. They start by cutting off the homasote. Homasote and

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  • 3:24

    John Nehrich works full time for the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society club of the New England, Berkshire and Western model railroad. In 1989 he was hired by the student union of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to work there. At that point, they had opened the layout to the public on a weekly basis. A year

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  • 2:56

    1997 is the 50th anniversary of the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society of Troy, New York. It also happens to be the 25th anniversary of the club in their current quarters in Davison Hall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For the celebration, the club is trying to get together all the old members. This will be a great

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  • 5:53

    John Nehrich, the Club Coordinator of the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society, has an idea for starting a center for steam era studies. This idea was inspired by the methods the club used to discover the world they were trying to model, and how it had changed since 1950. The world has changed radically from a

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  • 1:47

    In this video, Allen Keller talks with Lee Rosenberg, a club member of the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society about operating schemes. The waybills and car cards tell the operators what the car is shipping, the kind of car they are using and where it is headed to and from. Previously, the club had to match

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