NYC Mohawk Division

The layout recreates the New York Central in the late 1940's with traffic controlled by towers and timetable. Albany Union Station is the focus of the passenger operation and is always busy with the rush of the Great Steel Fleet running between New York City and Chicago. Albany also generates LCL freight, REA, and mail traffic on the layout. Rensselaer yard is equally busy handling freight traffic coming into and leaving the Albany district. A smaller West Albany yard recreates a portion of the large engine facility that supported the eastern division of the NYC. The layout features all handlaid track and remote controlled turnouts at each interlocking tower. The Rensselaer engine facility features a fully-functioning turntable.


Located in basement via stairs, no direct access

Division or Location: 

Model of New York Central Railroad, Mohawk Division, between Schenectady, NY, and Rensselaer, NY


Mainline passenger and freight operation with local switching



Size of Railroad: 

21 x 24; Point to point; Cars: 80 passenger, 300 freight


1948 - 1955


Track 100%, Scenery 5%; Electrical: 100%

Control System: 

DCC, Lenz

Number of Crew: 

Minimum: 5; Maximum: 11; Observers allowed

Length of Session: 

4 hours; Flexible end time; Snacks served

Scale Clock Speed: 


Traffic Control: 

Timetable, Car cards, Waybills

Radios Required: 


Listed Jobs: 

a. Rensselaer yardmaster
b. Rensselaer engine facility hostler
c. Rensselaer yard drill switcher engineer
d. Rensselaer yard engineer / conductor
e. Union Station stationmaster
f. Union Station switcher engineer
g. Tower 99 operator
h. West Albany yardmaster / yard switcher engineer / Tower 1 operator
i. Road engineer / conductor
j. Road engineer / conductor
k. Road engineer / conductor