Thursday, September 10, 2015

Exhibitor Thursdays: New Haven Society of Model Engineers

NHSME O Scale Drawbridge at the 2015 Railroad Hobby Show.

Exhibitor Spotlight


Display Style: Portable Layout
Type: Model Railroad Club
Size: 12'x50'

Present Location: Better Living Center
Past Location: New England Center
Home Location: Wallingford, CT
Website: NHSME
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One of the crowd favorite exhibits at the Railroad Hobby Show each year is the New Haven Society of Model Engineers portable O scale layout and the working drawbridge.  This layout has been one of the longest serving displays in the show's history - going back to the show's earliest days at the Eastern States Exposition.  The 12'x50' portable layout includes a yard, mountain scene, and the working drawbridge.

The drawbridge module, which was built by Alfred Shellbach back in the late 1930s and early 1940s from plans provided by the New Haven Railroad, is the star of the show.  Thousands of rivets were hand placed to build the model and it weighs in at over 100 lbs - requiring its own rolling platform so that it can be moved to the show.  At 75 years old, the drawbridge still operates smoothly - a great testament to how well it was built.

Besides the O scale layout, the New Haven Society of Model Engineers also has a HO scale modular layout along with a permanent HO scale layout in the basement of the Wallingford, CT, train station.

To learn more about the group's layout, visit: