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Great Model Railroads By Allen Keller Vol. # 40


Volume 40 - Bill Aldrich's New York, New Haven and Hartford
Bill Aldrich's New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad is a memory machine for the halcyon days of New England railroading -a time when Bill, his relatives and friends worked along the Shore Line. Half his life was spent with the New Haven first as a passenger and then as a consultant and finally as member of the board of directors. Thus, he had access to a lot of research material that he's used to reproduce his favorite railroad.

This layout is Bill's second New Haven. His first was twenty years old when he moved and built the new version. This one was completed in only three years. The layout serves as a scenic display for his highly detailed scratchbuilt locomotives and rolling stock. He has exquisitely built most of the road's steam engines from brass after thorough research. Construction often takes 3 to 4 years. His weathering is some of the best you will ever see.

The HO scale New Haven runs around the walls of Bill's 50 x 35 foot basement. The layout features heavyweight passenger trains and time freights running through Rhode Island and Connecticut in 1948.

Bill will explain how he secures his flextrack with ballast only, duplicates passenger cars, creates water scenes with real depth and uses different types of signals.

The New Haven is a Great Model Railroad because Bill has studied the road his entire life, and has captured in this model the memories of the carefree days of railroading.


By George Ardwin
As I review the ALLEN KELLER series of videos, I keep thinking that I have seen the best there is [they are ALL good]. Then along comes a gentleman like BILL ALDRICH. Bill has a background in railroading that puts most of us to shame, but I'll let him tell you about it in the video.

His NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD R.R. is HO scale and goes around the walls of a 50' X 35' basement. It represents the New England area in the summer of 1948. The exact location is Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Bill is a master scratchbuilder. He spent four years on EACH scratchbuilt brass locomotive. A lot of the structures and passenger cars are detailed to the Nth degree and are scratchbuilt as well. I won't expound anymore about this layout, I'll just say that if you miss this one, you've missed a lot.

The following demos and conversations are shown:

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