NEB&W Guide to North Bennington, VT

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Overview

  • Bennington, VT was named after Benning Wentworth, governor of New Hampshire back in the mid-1700's. (Back then, the area what would become Vermont was considered part of NH, NY or MA, depending on who you asked. VT achieved its independence as a separate state in 1776.)

  • On our layout, we are modeling the station area of North Bennington at the end of what would be Whitehall, NY (thus placing North Bennington in New York State and about 50 miles north of where it actually is.)

  • Maps:



  • South end of yard, looking southeast. The long building to the left is the freight house, with the depot in the distance.



The Depot

  • The depot was an ornate mansard-roofed affair, built in 1880. See this section for more info.



Ball Signal



Whitman's Feed Store

  • There is a grain store located opposite the freight house. (Neat weathering!) According to Bob Nimke, originally it was a boot and shoe factory, then a silk factory, then North Bennington Lumber, then H.C. White's, and finally Whitman's. (Nimke said that White's used the former electric car barn west of the depot, and he didn't mention that Whitman's had been White, but the Sanborn map shows that way. And I'm not sure what it was c. 1950.)



The Model



Ice House

  • The ice house was on one leg of the wye. The model was scratchbuilt by Brian Albrecht.



  • In steam days, an anonymous photographer took a snapshot of a Mikado coming around the wye behind the ice house.



  • Jim Shaughnessy caught a VTR train on the wye, with the ice house in the back on the left.



  • On the layout, NEB&W switcher 106 pauses between the freight house and the ice house.



Freight House

  • The office end of the freight house was octagonal. Originally it was two-tone green, standard Rutland colors. By 1972, it had been painted a solid dark green. A few years later it was painted red with white trim.
By the way, this is a Queen Anne style building - the half-octagonal hip roof on the one end, the diamond panes in the upper window section.

  • Geoff Hubbs scratchbuilt our model of the freight house.



The Water Tower

  • The water tower was located on the south leg of the wye, between the diverging tracks. Actually, there was an earlier version, with a tapered tank which was replaced sometime later with the tank seen in most photos. A water column was in the middle of the small yard.



  • The water tower lasted almost a decade after steam was retired.



  • Geoff Hubbs scratchbuilt a model of the water tower.



A Pair of Section Houses

  • There were a couple of tool sheds on the south leg of the wye next to the water tower. We used a pair of AM models as stand-ins for the prototypes (and will probably eventually use the Rutland Car Shops sheds).



The Town Garage



The Houses



Landscape

  • A little further north, the village peters out and it terrain sort of looks like that of Whitehall alongside the yard, flat grassy areas with islands of trees. (Okay, at North Bennington, the grass is mown.)



North Bennington, Not Modeled

  • Behind the station was a little coal dealer and I think creamery. (Unfortunately, we don't have room to model this, as it would be in the aisle.)



The (Freelanced) Yard



Whitehall Engine Terminal



North Bennington Layout Guide



Also see The Fund for North Bennington, Inc. - Information about past and present North Bennington.