The Murray Hill Model Railroad Club Room.

Murray Hill Model Railroad Club room, 1E-516, was the last home of a club that probably dated back to the 1930s, when AT&T still sold railroad signaling equipment. The layout shown in the photographs was started in about 1960. Around 1960 there were clubs at the Murray Hill, Holmdel and Whippany locations, with each club having 50 to 75 members. At some point the magazine collections from each of the locations were moved to Murray Hill, and have now been given to the New Jersey Railroad Museum.

As a Bell Labs club, the model RR club was once given some operating funds each year, and de facto use of the stock rooms. One can discern here and there items that were once standard lab stock. A robust system of activies as late as 1983, the clubs and the stockrooms are now gone too. The Murray Hill railroad club was one of the last clubs to exist in any form, albeit mostly because the room somehow continued to escape the notice of the building remodellers.


Bob Groschadl took the following set of photographs using an "analog" camera.

"Aerial view of the two lobes of the layout.

Another aerial view of the oldest part of the layout. Note the boxes of magazines in the upper left. The top box contains issues datign back to 1951, and are a rich source of steam engine photographs, railroad ads, and equipment and prices of the time.

The Murray Hill Road, in a panoramic view.

One of the last club members, Bob Groschadl, at the controls.

Details of the layouts bridge.

Details of the stream underneath the bridge, showing a fisherman at work.

Engineer Bob Groschadl at the controls, giving a more detailed look at the control panel.

Engineer Dan Taran now at the controls. Dan was also one of the last club members.

Bob Groschadl, in a wider view of the layout.

A view of the round table and the second lobe of the layout. This was completed somewhat later than the first. The layout is a horseshoe, with the operator on the insider.

The switchyard area of the first lobe. Note the magazines in the upper left. Many of the magazine collections dated to the late 1940s.

A wide angle view of the layout, showing more details of the control panel. Bob Groschadl is busy back by the barge area. The tools and meter are a reminder that someone, like Bob Landwerhal, was always working o nthe setup.

A set of tanker cars.

A detail of the tunnel by the barge area.

A train exits from the same tunnel. Note the details of mountain construction.

Details of the Murray Hill caboose. The PRR box cars are yet another example of thigns that no longer exist. The Pennsylvania Railroad.

Details of equipment. The Lehigh Valley RR and the REA are also mostly history.

The Bell System, the blue and gold color scheme, and the Bell logo itself are yet more remenders of things now gone.

More details of the barge area.

More details of the switchyard area. Note the layout documentaton on the wall. Showing the basic horseshoe structure of the layout, this is probably the only documentaton that ever existed.

A more panoramic view of the second lobe, containing the turntable.

Turntable closeup.

Bridge closeup.

Miscellaneous track.

Bob Kline took the following set of photographs using a 640x480 digital camera, about October, 2000.

Floor five, building 1, at Murray Hill. The club room is about half the way to the end, on the left side.

Bob Groschadl enters the club room.

Workbench. The lab book on the bench dates to about 1960, when there was still a club librarian.

Club library. Behind the sliding doors were many books dating to the 1940s, and probably out of print.

Magazine collection. The shelves contained the current subscriptions. The card cabinet contained parts.

Magazine collections from other club sites were transfered the the MH location when they folded. Some came from Whippany.

Dan Taran enters the club room.

Bob Groschadl and Dan Taran at the controls.

Details of the control panel.

Under the hood. A view of the underside of the layout.

Details of some of the magazine collection.

Building 1 is one of original buildings at MH. Only the auditorium is as old, or older. The fan is probably as old as the building.

The club name.

Coming around the bend. The barge area is about at hte end of the train.

Jack Riley took the following set of photographs. Camera and date unknown.

A detailed view of the bridge. Note the fisherman beneath the bridge. It was common for someone to take on a piece of the layout and create a scene.

The dock area, showing a moored barge.

Details of the mountain behind the dock area.

Details of the dock and rail area. It would have been common years ago for a railroad and a canal system to work together. Railroads eventually drove most of the canal systems in NJ, notably the Deleware and Raritan and Morristown canals, were gone by 1930.

The station by the dock area.

The dock tower.

The gully area under the bridge. One can see the dam in the back ground, and another view of the fisherman.

Some details of the mine area.

More details of the mine, showing ore cars.

View of the rear of the mine area.

View of a refurbished dock area.

View of the left yard area.

Details of the switching, or yard area.

Another view of the yard area.

Another view of the yard area.