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      THIS section is intended to illustrate several examples of some things which inspired me to either build or buy a model of something which would resemble the actual place or item.

New York Central Railroad Class DRS-6a RS3
'The pride of the N
ORMANED fleet'

NYC #8223 prototype photographed at DeWitt, Syracuse, N.Y.
 (26 September 1988)


Weaver/Quality Craft model #8329, custom-built with electronic control and delivered that same year

New York Central Caboose 19877

Beautifully restored No. 19877 is on display at the Rochester & Genesee Railroad Museum near Rochester, N.Y. (to view a panoramic view of the interior of the restored car, go to Interior).

A scale model of No. 19877 was itself “restored” by the author with extensive remodeling of the crude item (inset) purchased at a “junk sale” 35 years ago.

Brooks Ave. Depot, Rochester & Southern RR Division,
Genesee & Wyoming System

The Rochester & Southern's unique combination depot and switch tower at its Brooks Ave. yard (left) provided our idea to create the model on the right (using “selective compression”). The yard was built by the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway in 1913, and since has been used successively by the Baltimore & Ohio RR, the Chessie System, CSX and, since 1988, the R&S - a subsidiary of the Genesee and Wyoming, which was founded in 1895 as a 14-mile shortline railroad transporting rock salt from a mine in Retsof, N.Y. The GNW now is the parent company of 18 regional railroads in four countries on two continents (U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia); and Rail Link, Inc., a major provider of railroad switching and related services.

The Arlington Hotel - Hilton, N.Y.

Boyhood recollections and the photograph [left] of a portion of the old Arlington Hotel (built 1897) in Hilton, N.Y. provided the inspiration for the construction of the O-scale model structure at right, located in the imaginary resort hamlet of Panthorne on THE NORMANED RAILROAD. This long-time “watering hole extraordinaire” was demolished in 1967, and the space which it had occupied is now (some veteran village residents say appropriately) part of the parking lot of an enlarged Baptist church.

The John Bull - Camden & Amboy Railroad - 1831

This Bachmann® HO scale model [above] of the John Bull (originally called the Stevens) honors the world’s oldest complete and operational locomotive. Patterned after his Samson Class 0-4-0, Robert Stephenson and Co. of New Castle, England, built the original John Bull for Robert L. Stevens, president and chief engineer of the Camden & Amboy Railroad (later integrated into the Pennsylvania Railroad). The locomotive arrived disassembled in Philadelphia in August 1831. In just 10 days, it was reassembled in Bordentown, N.J. from unlabeled parts, thanks to the remarkable efforts of a master mechanic named Isaac Drips, who had never before even seen a locomotive. Limited service began in 1832, with regular service instituted in 1833. In 1893, a restored version of the locomotive ran from Jersey City to Chicago for showing at the Columbian Exposition; in 1927 it participated in the “Fair of the Iron Horse” which commemorated the centennial of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. It was displayed also at the World’s Fairs in Chicago and New York in 1933 and 1939, respectively. Finally, in 1981, 150 years after leaving the factory of Robert Stephenson in England, the John Bull was operated again on one last run along the rails of Washington D.C.’s Old Georgetown Branch. The locomotive is now preserved at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., complete with additions made over the years to the original four-wheel, wood-framed import [below].

The Highland Park Diner
(Rochester, N.Y.)

Not a railroad car, but a “railroad car diner,” Rochester's Highland Park Diner was built on site in 1948, and continues to operate in the style and ambience of that era. The ceramic model - nearly perfect HO scale size - is by the Franklin Mint, and was obtained for use on the NORMANED's H & O Division. The distinctive “EAT” sign, visible in both pictures, has been for years a local landmark for this “eatery.”

Monroe County (N.Y.) Power Plant

The real power plant on the left, which supplies electricity and heat for county public facilities, was the prototype for the model on the right, which is portrayed as the source of light for most portions of the NORMANED RAILROAD.

The DeWitt Clinton - Mohawk & Hudson RR - 1831

The top image is an artist's conception of the pioneer DeWitt Clinton 0-4-0 locomotive's maiden run on August 9, 1831, from Albany to Schenectady, N.Y. in 46 minutes on the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad line. This train, named after the “father of the Erie Canal,” was the third public carrier to operate under steam in the U.S. (portions of the Erie Canal are still in operation within a mile of the present home of the NORMANED RR). In the bottom image is shown the Bachmann® fine-scale HO model of the Clinton and three carriages, which is the last new model to be acquired by the NORMANED's H & O Division. [It was a Christmas present to the proprietor from his wife in 1999 - perhaps prophetic of the coming “resurrection” a year later (go to Why this Web Site?).]


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