• 2:59

    Owner Inspiration & Techniques on the NEB&W

    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

    Layout Modifications on the NEB&W

    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

    Ballasting Track on the NEB&W

    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

    The NEB&W Club Coordinator

    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

    Rensselaer Model Railroad Society Anniversaries

    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

    Research and Education on the NEB&W

    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

    Operating Scheme on the NEB&W

    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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  • 9:38

    Structures and Design on the NEB&W

    The New England, Berkshire and Western model railroad is unique in its large size of 124 by 33 feet. It is also uniquely a whole network together, not just specific buildings from Saratoga, but also the town of Saratoga in relationship to other towns. This allows the club to do a system wide approach to…

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  • B&M New Hamshire Division and Layout Tour: The Town of Woodsriver
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    B&M New Hampshire Division and Layout Tour: The Town of Woodsriver

    The Tour of the B&M New Hampshire Division and layout starts in the town of Woodsriver at the South end of the layout. Its inspiration comes from Woodsville, New Hampshire, a division point on the prototype’s New Hampshire Division. Like the prototype, there is a medium sized passenger facility and a freight yard. The name…

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