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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January 30, 2015

SMR Engine Washington Cancelled

Hiding among all the good news this week, I learned that the next engine I had on order from SMR trains, the flexible beam Washington, has been cancelled. According to the Dave Schneider, the owner of SMR Trains, the Korean manufacturer has increased the price beyond economic feasibility.

It's too bad because the Washington was one of the engines that actually ran on the Aquia Line. I blogged about it here and here.

So, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This setback will help incentivize me to scratchbuild the loco. I have that task on my bucket list, so now is the time to try it.


  1. To bad this one got cancelled - I thought it would be nice break from a steady diet of 4-4-0s...
    WRT scratchbuilding....
    I know where there's a milling machine...

  2. Indeed. Now we just need to learn to use it without bloodshed.

  3. When you come over for the backdrop White River work session we'll take a break and make some chips....

  4. looking forward to following your journey on this one, not my era but a very interesting project!

  5. The scratch build won't take place for a year or so as I have a backlog of other projects. However, when it moves forward it will be done with a custom photo etch, some laser cut parts, and details made on my lathe and or Marty's mill.