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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February 25, 2014

Up-Coming Talks on ACW Railroading

I will be giving  talks on Civil War railroading at several venues this year. If you are interested, here is the calender of events. I hope to see you there.

  • 11:00AM, April 5  Introduction to the Railroads of the Civil War, at the South Mountain Division Minicon, Fire Station,  Blue Ridge Summit, PA.
  • 10:00AM May 31, Introduction of Railroads of the Civil War and the USMRR Aquia Line. At the RF&P Historical Society, Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA. This is a 1.5 hour talk that combines my ACWRR talk with a detailed description of my home layout. Membership in the RF&PHS may be required.
  • 10:00AM Aug 2, Introduction to Railroads of the Civil War,  at the B&O Historical Society Mini Con, St John's Lutheran Church, 101 W. Martin Street, Martinsburg, WV Membership in the B&OHS may be required. See http://www.borhs.org/Events/events.html for more info.
  • Time TDB, Sep 12-13, The Model Railroad Goes to War, Middle Atlantic Railroad Prototype Meet (MARPM), Wingate by Wyndham Hotel, Fredericksburg, VA. See http://www.marpm.org/ for more info. Registration for the meet is required.  This will be a new talk I am developing to coordinate with my upcoming book. The talk will include dozens of additional photos obtained from the National Archives and other sources not used in the book. Hopefully I will have copies of the book to sign at this event.

February 5, 2014

Book Update

I mailed the manuscript to the publishers two weeks ago and they now have it.  I do not have an estimate on the publishing date, but I suspect it will be sometime in 2014. 

At the left is a mock-up of the cover. This is not final. The designers and marketing people will come up with a cover design that they feel is best. I will use this cover as a marketing tool until we have a final cover.

The book has 2 chapters out of 9 devoted to Civil War railroads.

Thanks again to all of you that helped with this project. The  bottom image on the cover mock-up shows a train on a bridge on Charlie Taylor's O scale layout.