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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August 10, 2022

Telegraph System is Operational

Telegraph installed and working at Brooke 

Amby stopped by this morning to help finish the installation of the telegraph system. He ran the last cable to Falmouth while I finished building the panels for Brooke and Falmouth.   All went fairly smoothly except for me accidentally installing the Falmouth panel at Brooke. That was an easy fix. 

 Location of telegraph station at Falmouth

The Falmouth telegraph station is mounted on the curved section of the fascia near the balloon camp and north of the turntable. I needed to reinforce the curved fascia with a scrap of 3/4 inch plywood to flatten it out and stiffen it.
First I wet the fascia to allow it to bend more easily. Then I glued and screwed the plywood to the fascia. After a few hours it was ready for cutting the hole with the jig saw.

In between putty and paint drying I continued to spike track. Amby also took a crack at spiking. I did not sense a lot of enthusiasm from him for the task. I am not sure he will volunteer for more of  that activity. 

Special thanks to Amby, Seth, and Steve for their help in getting this system designed and built, installed and tested. 

With the telegraph done, now we need to get the track finished. Just about 5,000 spikes to go. 


  1. That’s really cool. Should be a fun for operations.

  2. How "wet" do you make the fascia when you go to curve it like that? I've got some tight curves I need to accomplish myself.

    1. I use a spray bottle with either water or window cleaner. I use the window cleaner as it evaporates a bit faster. I spray both sides until the masonite looks saturated. It tends to drip profusely when it is saturated and the color gets darker. I use a towel to sop up the excess water. If the masonite is not wet enough, I drape the wet towel over the piece and let it sit for a few minutes. You can tell when the masonite is wet enough as it will bend a bit easier. You can respray if you don't think you have it wet enough.