Amherst Railway Society - meeting - June, 2019Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
It Can be Done!! - moving a model railroad
It took Rick Abramson 22 years to build the model railroad that he wanted - a section of the New Haven Railroad in New Haven, Connecticut as it was in the 1950s and ‘60s. Having grown up in Norwalk, Connecticut, “under the wires,” and having worked for the New Haven, Rick’s model has deep sentimental roots. The model even includes a section where Rick actually worked. So, when the decision was made to move, the railroad was coming along - somehow, some way. “I know when some modelers change houses, they scrap the old railroad and start over with a new one,” says Rick. “I couldn’t do that. I have too much invested in this railroad. It’s just part of me.” However, Rick’s move was complicated by wires. Not only the under-the-table kind, which are tedious to cut, code, and reconnect by themselves, but the over-the-rails wires, too. “I like big electric motors,” says Rick. So, the section of the New Haven that I model is all under catenary. Figuring out how to move all the overhead wire, along with everything else that is on a model railroad, took quite a bit of thinking.” And, the thinking part went a long way toward assuring the success of the move. “I’m grateful for the friendships that I’ve made over the years through model railroading, because a lot of people came together to make this move happen. And I don’t just mean hauling all the stuff. I mean the planning, the management - it was truly a collaborative effort.” On Wednesday, June 12, Rick will describe in detail the move of his New Haven model railroad, including lots of insights into what to do, and what not to do if you are facing a model railroad move of your own. Rick is a retired railroader having worked for Amtrak, Connecticut Central, New York Cross Harbor Railroad, and the Housatonic Railroad, as well as the New Haven.
Amherst Railway Society meetings are open to the public.