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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October 16, 2022

MARPM 2022

Jessie Smith built this HO scale model of a C&O railroad car ferry

Whew! What a weekend! MARPM 2022 is over and it was great. We had more people and models than we expected.  We plan to do it again next year. Make plans to be there.

Dave Vaughn had this famous model on display

There were about 350 HO scale models on display including a 5 foot long HO Scale C&O railroad car ferry built by Jessie Smith. 

There were about 50 N scale models including an N Scale coke works by Scott Wahl and an urban yard module by John Steitz. Dave Vaughn and his crew set up a 36-ft long O Scale layout that was originally built by Tony Koester but modified and extended by them.

NYCRRHS recruiting members

There were 33 clinics on various subjects. We had about a dozen layouts open for inspection too. 

On Sunday I hosted an open house. I had about 25 people show up. 

Mike Hart's wonderful palm trees
Brion Boyles also stopped by the open house to show his work-in-progress on the schooner he is building for my layout. It looks really impressive. It should be done is a week or so.

Seeing the schooner that Brion is building is getting me psyched to finish the paddle wheel steamer and other ships too. Aquia Landing will be the highlight of the layout.

Brion showing Dwin the model


  1. Bernie, I was curious about what you used for the decking at Aquia Landing? Is it scale lumber or wood coffee stirrers? Jeff Mrock

    1. Scale basswood lumber stained with acrylic ink and alcohol.