NEB&W Guide to Whitehall, NY
- 1 Overview
- 2 The 1934 Realignment
- 3 The Engine Terminal
- 4 The Roundhouse
- 5 The Coaling Tower
- 6 The Engine Terminal Water Tower
- 7 Background Shop Building
- 8 The Car/Machine/Diesel Shop
- 9 The Sand Bins
- 10 Stockpens
- 11 The Tool Shed
- 12 The Old Coach
- 13 The Ashpit
- 14 The Residential Area
- 15 Whitehall, Not Being Modeled
- 16 The (Freelanced) Yard
- 17 North Bennington
- Whitehall, NY was located at the base of Lake Champlain. On the railroad, it was a division point. There was also a connection to the east to Rutland, VT.
- On our NEB&W layout, the depot area is based on North Bennington, VT and we call the entire area North Bennington, not Whitehall.
The 1934 Realignment
- Originally just north of the depot, the track went through a single track 677-foot tunnel, causing a bottleneck on the double-track main. In the early '30's, the line was shifted slightly east and placed in a cut so a number of grade crossings were eliminated. This put an angle in the middle of the yard, and placed the mains on the other side of the depot, about 100 feet away, and 12 feet lower.
The Engine Terminal
- The buildings at this end of what we call North Bennington were copied from those at Whitehall, NY on the D&H, although we didn't have sufficient room to duplicate the arrangement.
On The Layout
- See this section.
- See this section.
The Engine Terminal Water Tower
- The water tower for the engine terminal was located on the west side of the roundhouse. (There was a second water tower across from the depot.) In all the views of the turntable, it rises above the back of the roundhouse. We might model it in half relief up against the backdrop.
Background Shop Building
- I wanted to make a busy-looking complex of brick buildings to duplicate the effect of Whitehall, but this is a problem, given the limited depth we have of the scene. I've been looking at this Kibri boiler house, kit no. 9784. It is intended as a companion to the Kibri factory building kits, no. 9786 and 9788. Sort of a Norman-style building. The enormous concrete wainscoting is odd. (On the prototype, it might be stucco over brick, considering the likely mid-19th century age of the building itself.)
- The kit itself seems undersized - although the doors are clearly HO scale - so I figured I could cobble something together for our layout.
The Car/Machine/Diesel Shop
- The building to the northeast of the roundhouse was originally the car repair aka machine shop. Later, it became the diesel shop.
The Sand Bins
- The sanding tower was originally part of the coaling tower, but with the arrival of the diesels, new towers were built near the car repair/diesel shop, in preparation for the coaling tower being torn down. (We are modeling the earlier sand facilities.)
- Because Whitehall was a division point, there were stockpens located just behind the coaling tower, not for customers to pickup or drop off their animals, but because federal law decreed that after a certain number of hours in transit, the stock had to be unloaded to be watered and fed, and perhaps stretch their legs. Photocopy of a Valuation photo c. 1919.
- The Whitehall facility was still standing in 1922 (and I guess still in '63). There were a total of five pens, capacity 16 cars, feed and watering facilities, and four double chutes. Four of the pens were 24 feet by 48 feet, and the other one was 40 feet by 48 feet.
The Tool Shed
- Closer to the depot was a tool shed on the far side of the track. Melanie Sembrat is in the process of scratchbuilding and installing this.
Southbound coal train c. 1949. (Actually, this appears to have been taken a few seconds after the one above, which means one or the other date is wrong.) I think this a Chuck Yungkurth photo. In the background is the depot, and the toolshed is on the far right. Those are coal bins for the potbelly stove inside the shed and looks like rolls of right-of-way wire fencing.
The Old Coach
- An old wood coach was set on the ground.
- The ashpit was originally a manual operation, with an adjacent track lowered to make hand shoveling easier. By late steam days, it had been replaced by a mechanical hoist.
The Residential Area
- The engine terminal was right in the downtown residential area of Whitehall. (We need to add house flats, etc. against the backdrop. And even if you have no interest in Whitehall, this view of period housing might be of some use.)