Bob Hornsby
Al Grant

Remember the original NELS 1946

NELS Members and Guests,
 
Here are a set of photos taken by Don Hills at the original NELS track in Danvers.   Don is a retired Boston & Maine Railroad.  When the present NELS club was formed, we wanted to retain the original NELS initials, but have a different name.  This we did by changing the name New England to North East.  
 
With profound thanks to Don Hills, here are some photos taken in 1946 by Don at one of the meets of the New England Live Steamers at their track in Danvers, Massachusetts.  The track was on the property of Lester Friend's "Friend Box Company."  Some of you may remember this, while for some, this will be a history lesson.  The track gauges were 2-1/2" and 3-1/2 inches.  
 
I think I'm safe in saying that most of the people have passed away, as has the railroad.  But many of the engines are still around if you look hard enough.  
 
Bob
 
For more "Memory Lane" pictures of the old New England Live Steamers visit the Photo Album Page.
 
Al
For more pictures: The Yankee Shop | Original NELS - Danvers | Original NELS - 1946 | Original NELS - Album


 

Harry Turnbull from Montreal, Canada with his loco with Dave Mackie as passenger.
 

Joe Hild with his President Class B&O Pacific.
 

Herbert Hill at the throttle of Joe Hild's B&O Pacific.
 

 Ed Bergh with his famous New York Central 4-4-0 number 999, "Empire State Express."  The original full size
 locomotive is on display at Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry.  The real engine had 84" driving wheels!
 

A 2-8-2 built by Gene Stephens.
 

Another view of the 2-8-2 built by Gene Stephens.
 

Jim Turnbull (brother to Harry) from Montreal, Canada with his 4-8-4.
 

Carl Purinton himself with his 2-6-0 "Red Hen" with British lines.
 

Again we see Ed Bergh with his 999, "Empire State Express."


Some of the clubs hopper cars.
 

  Harry Hansen Prepares to start his 2-1/2" gauge B&O Pacific as Erle Nelson (Left) and Mr. Sunderland look on.
 

Harry Hansen with his B&O Pacific.
 

Ed Bergh with his 999, while Mr. Sunderland looks on.
 

Mr. E. H. Gilson at the throttle of Joe Hilds B&O Pacific.
 
 


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