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Although I live in CA, I became a life long NH fan as a child visiting my grandparents in Fairfield, CT.  They took me to my first baseball game (Brooklyn Dodgers vs. St. Louis (?), first Broadway play, etc., on the NH.  My grandparents were big Dodger fans and hated those Yankees.  They became Mets fans after the Dodgers moved to LA.  For some reason they never liked the Yankees.  

I went to the TCA convention in Warwick, RI a couple of years ago.   I rented a car and drove to Fairfield to see our old family home and visit my grandparent's graves in Bridgeport.   I took these photos of the Fairfield station during that trip.  Much has changed and much is the  same.  Many of my childhood greatest adventures and memories started in the buildings shown below.  NH Joe

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The NH railroad (now Metro North) runs east and west along the shore line of Long Island Sound.  This is the station building on the north side of the tracks.  We would take the train from this side to ride a west bound commuter train to New York.  Note the salt box design of the station.  I don't recall seeing any models of these salt box stations buildings although it was a very common design on the NH.   The building is in much better shape now than in my grandparents day.  This parking lot was dirt then.  We had to wade through snow and mud to catch a train during bad weather.

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Here is another view of the north station taken from across the tracks.  Note the high level platforms.  All the platforms were at track level in the NH days.  

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Here is another view of the of the north station looking down the tracks toward New York.  Note that the 100 plus year old NH catenary towers are still being used.  The NH triangle wire has been replaced by a modern wire system.  Only one of the four tracks on the mainline has concrete ties.  This route is used daily by Amtrak Acela trains.  I don't know what the speed limit is in this area.  I remember seeing NH expresses roaring through here.  They always seemed to me, as a young boy, to be going faster than a speeding bullet.

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Here is a photo of the south station building.  It is brick.  People would catch the train on this side of the tracks to go east to Bridgeport, New Haven and Boston.  The building had a taxi company and a pizza parlor inside when this photo was taken.

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Here is another view of the south side station building.  The entrance to the pizza parlor is under the sign on the right.

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Here is a track side view of the building as seen from across the tracks.

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Here is one of the trains that I saw that day.  It is heading west toward New York.  This is the end of the train.

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Here is a view of the tracks looking east toward New Haven and Boston.  Note the pedestrian bridge.  That bridge was a very shaky wooden structure back in the day.  I have crossed it many times.

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Here is a view of the tracks looking west toward New York.  Note the large radius curve for high speed running.  It was a thrill to see an EP-5 towing the Merchants Limited racing along these tracks.  

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Here are a few photos of the interior of the north side station building.  Back in the day, this interior was smoky and dingy. It has been beautifully restored.  The restoration may be better than it was when new.

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With the Holidays here, trains are on the proverbial back burner.  However, I was able to finish up all six cars' seats and am in the process of interior lighting.  LED strips will be on the ceiling, but for now, I wanted to see what it would look like.  So I put the LED strip on the side  to light up the interior.  I'm not sure if I'll apply the LED strip directly to the inside of the roof, or put a wooden strip up first and then affix the LED strip to the wooden one.   Either way, there's not a lot of room for fancy electronics.

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First two photos are of a Weaver dual can motored RS-3 I painted about 8 years ago. This scheme (orange hoods, black cab, and no letering aside from the NH emblem and unit numbers) was applied to about half of the New Haven's RS-3 fleet in the early 60's, as they came back from a rebuilding at Alco (plus 2 additional units the New Haven rebuilt in-house).NH 529 DecaledNH 529 Decaled 2

Next two photos were taken yesterday - in the process of painting a Weaver universal drive RS-3 into the pullman green/orange paint scheme used on the New Haven's first batch of RS-3s (much like Melgar's 531 in the post above). The second batch arrived with the hood tops also painted pullman green. Adding a more detail on this one than I did on 529 - I sanded off the molded-on grab irons and added brass ones on the shell, replaced the molded-in fan grill on the hood top with brass one, and added brass handrails on the frame.  

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~C.Vigs

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