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Dutchman
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USA
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Posted - 04/03/2004 :  7:30:44 PM  Show Profile
Well, my wife and I drove up to Troy, NY today to attend an open house at the RPI Club. It is home to the New England, Berkshire & Western Railroad, modeled after the Rutland and the Delaware & Hudson railroads.

The club members are a mixture of college students, alumni, and local citizens. It is one of several projects at RPI that are considered joint projects with the town of Troy. Therefore, some of the funding for the layout comes from the town. In return, the layout tries to actually depict the town of troy in the heyday of the railroads. The layout has open houses about once a month ($7 entrance fee) and is also open for free during certain events. Today was one of them. It was the welcome/open house for the high school seniors who have been accepted into RPI for next year. (By the way, both Allen and I had son's attend RPI.)

The club advisor is John Nerich, who has written many modeling articles for four or five modeling magazines. He was there today, and I chatted with him for quite a while. We both lamented the passing of Holgate & Reynolds brick sheeting. John has not found a substitute that he is happy with. I also asked him if he had any articles coming out soon, and he said yes, in Mainline Modeler.

The NEB&W is one of the largest layouts around. It is housed in the basement of one of the buildings on campus, and it runs from one side of the building to the other. It has a huge mainline! The layout contains some very large structures--some about 18" to 2' long. However, the signature feature of the layout is the many brick structures that the members have built. (Most are styrene covered with Holgate & Reynolds sheeting.)

The club also has a great website: http://railroad.union.rpi.edu/index.asp
Parts of the website are free, and part is for members only. Since there was no entry fee today, I took that money and paid for a few months of membership. If you check out the website, you can see many pictures of the structures for free.

I took about 50 pictures of the layout, and will post some of them over the next few days.

Here are a few to start with.


This large industry is built as a background building along the backdrop.



Here is one of many NEB&W RS-1's on the pike. T
Notice the length of that set of buildings.



This is the causeway across Lake Champlain.



The Rutland was a big milk hauler, so there are many creameries on the layout.



This is a model of the Stateline Tunnel entrance.


Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3

Edited by - Dutchman on 04/03/2004 9:56:00 PM

Hangem Harry
Crew Chief

USA
793 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2004 :  8:16:02 PM  Show Profile
Nice job on the photo's Bruce. I have been to a number of their open houses, I usually try to get there at least once a year. It is interesting how the layout has evolved over the years, some years there is only a few students involved and other years there is so many they are almost tripping over each other. I have gotten many a great idea from their layout over the years.

Harry
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Hangem Harry
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USA
793 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2004 :  8:16:02 PM  Show Profile
Nice job on the photo's Bruce. I have been to a number of their open houses, I usually try to get there at least once a year. It is interesting how the layout has evolved over the years, some years there is only a few students involved and other years there is so many they are almost tripping over each other. I have gotten many a great idea from their layout over the years.

Harry
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mikeLV
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USA
969 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2004 :  8:27:03 PM  Show Profile
Awesome pictures Harry. The stateline tunnel is my favorite.
I'll have to check out their site. Thanks for the pictures and link.

Mike
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mikeLV
Crew Chief

USA
969 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2004 :  8:27:03 PM  Show Profile
Awesome pictures Harry. The stateline tunnel is my favorite.
I'll have to check out their site. Thanks for the pictures and link.

Mike
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ETinBH
Fireman

USA
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Posted - 04/03/2004 :  9:19:12 PM  Show Profile
thanks alot

Elliott
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ETinBH
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Posted - 04/03/2004 :  9:19:12 PM  Show Profile
thanks alot

Elliott
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MikeC
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Posted - 04/03/2004 :  9:37:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit MikeC's Homepage
Bruce, thanks for the photos and info. I didn't realize they had that many large structures.

I'm looking forward to seeing the remaining photos.


Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man. I have a railroad to run.


Visit the Central Missouri & Southern
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MikeC
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Posted - 04/03/2004 :  9:37:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit MikeC's Homepage
Bruce, thanks for the photos and info. I didn't realize they had that many large structures.

I'm looking forward to seeing the remaining photos.


Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man. I have a railroad to run.


Visit the Central Missouri & Southern
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wvrr
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Posted - 04/03/2004 :  10:07:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage
Thanks for the pictures, Bruce. I went to visit the layout about 12 years ago. I'm sure a lot has changed since then. So, please post more pictures when you can!

Chuck

Wyoming Valley Railroad
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wvrr
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Posted - 04/03/2004 :  10:07:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage
Thanks for the pictures, Bruce. I went to visit the layout about 12 years ago. I'm sure a lot has changed since then. So, please post more pictures when you can!

Chuck

Wyoming Valley Railroad
http://sites.google.com/site/wvrails/
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Dutchman
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USA
25317 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2004 :  11:07:54 PM  Show Profile
Ok, here are a few more pictues from the NEB&W.

This is a small freight house.



A farmer's Co-Op.



A wooden factory.



A Vermont Covered Bridge.



And a small town scene.




Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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Dutchman
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USA
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Posted - 04/03/2004 :  11:07:54 PM  Show Profile
Ok, here are a few more pictues from the NEB&W.

This is a small freight house.



A farmer's Co-Op.



A wooden factory.



A Vermont Covered Bridge.



And a small town scene.




Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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George D
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USA
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Posted - 04/04/2004 :  09:39:07 AM  Show Profile
Thanks for the pictures Bruce. The RPI club is on my list of layouts I'd like to see in person.

George
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George D
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USA
11277 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2004 :  09:39:07 AM  Show Profile
Thanks for the pictures Bruce. The RPI club is on my list of layouts I'd like to see in person.

George
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Rick
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USA
19801 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2004 :  09:54:43 AM  Show Profile
Bruce, thanks for the pictures. Looks like you had a fun day.

As you think, so will you be.
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