A journal following the history, design, construction and operation of Bernard Kempinski's O Scale model railroad depicting the U. S. Military Railroad (USMRR) Aquia-Falmouth line in 1863, and other model railroad projects.
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December 27, 2010

Second Anniversary coming up!

It was about this time two years ago that I started work on this layout and blog. To celebrate I put together a new header graphic for the blog. It is a photo montage of a scene from my railroad, combined with a patriotic painting from the civil war era. The font is an Old English Incised type, the same that the railroad used on its documentation. The theme of the image is Victory Rode the Rails. The train is carrying the Union on its freight cars to victory.

The image below was the second choice - the railroad under stormy skies. The sky is an actual scene from the Potomac River a few winters ago. I use the Photoshop watercolor effect to make it look like a painting.

Which one do you prefer?

Given that my railroad is serving the Army of the Potomac in the time between two of the Army's worst defeats, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the second image may be more appropriate. But I like the patriotic feeling of the first image, and its colors work well with the blog.

Oh year, I got some work done on the layout too. The wet bar is painted and ready for road bed and track laying.


  1. The one showing the flag of course!
    Hurrah for the Union!


  2. Bernie:

    Happy anniversary and thanks for the effort. I for one get a lot out of my visits (my next backdrop is so having a great big dark cloud!).


  3. I like the 2nd.

  4. I vote for the first one for the patriotic motif. Second is prety dramatic, though.