I grew up in New Jersey and livery from the PRR and CNJ literally ran across the back yards of the houses across the street from ours (along New York and Long Branch RR trackage). I didn't visit New England until I went to college there.
Even when I was a kid, however, the sight of a Lionel EP-5 in New Haven colors, and the 6464 NH cars would get my juices flowing every time -- and they still do. Either of the postwar blue and yellow Virginians have the same effect.
Now that I have moved to New England, I research the history of the NH line and collect photos, just as if I had grown up here.
When my layout is finished, I'll treat myself to a NH EP-5, a few choice cars for the consist, and I'll be in heaven. Photos to come...
Steven J. Serenska