NEB&W Guide to Reynolds, NY

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  • The real Reynolds, NY is on the Boston & Maine RR. Even in modern times it still had an old-fashion wood highway overpass. We chose to model it and the adjacent corn field as a way to disguise the hole through the backdrop. The station is based on a NYC depot at Niskayuna, NY, but modeled in wood instead of brick. As such, it represents the 1840-'80 Carpenter Gothic Style. The vertical board-n-batten siding, made possible by the new steam-powered sawmills, was thought to be a more "natural" orientation for wood than clapboard.

  • Topographic map, c. 1949. Reynolds was on the B&M line to Mechanicville.

The Highway Overpass

  • Greg Whittle discovered the prototype of the bridge, which as of his photo, 1983, was still wood. We used it to disguise where the mainlines go through the backdrop. What was interesting about this too was the use of wood planking for the railing, helping to hide the hole in the backdrop.
I had no idea where it was, despite finding Reynolds listed on a topographic map (see above). Will Gill found out it was actaully Hansen Road, just to the east of Reynolds. Today it is a modern concrete highway bridge.

The Model

  • Views on the layout.

  • Bridge over tracks.

The Depot

  • The prototype of the depot was the one at Niskayuna, NY. (It was brick, but Bill Mischler translated it into wood.)

  • Lou Sassi took this photo of Reynolds for the March '97 cover of Mainline Modeler. (If you have or know of a layout that should get photographic coverage, e-mail him at