The Civil War Roadshow came to Charlottesville on August 11th thanks to the Bernie Kempinski and Gerry Fitzgerald. The JRD was invited to the home of Gerry Fitzgerald and Gabriella Petrick where there was not only a world class layout but a delicious spread of summer food.
The roadshow was most recently featured at the NMRA National in Atlanta. A most appropriate venue for a Civil War Roadshow. The Roadshow is scheduled for several other appearances later this year. Stay tuned for more news as it becomes available.
So Charlottesville was for a few hours occupied again by Union forces commanded by our two intrepid builders. The level of workmanship on the modules is museum grade. There is always a new previously unseen detail when looking over a scene each successive time.
The display broke down in a few minutes and Bernie Kempinski was able to load his sections in the back of his vehicle. Pictured above is the loading crew (from left) of Bernie, Gerry, Gabriella, Rick, Phil and Ken (who also manned the door as greeter).
Thanks to everyone who made the day great for the approximately 26 visitors.
We hear so much about the hobby as aging and not appealing to the youth. Today at an operations session of a large layout we having a good time with the normal issues of crowded tracks or aisles and the normal couplers that adjustment. Several of our operators were under 30 with one under 18. This is a good sign and one I hope will be repeated in many places.
One way we can interest young people is moving forward with the new and not focusing on the past. We can seek new ways that interest them and relates to their world. It is known that most young people (and many others) exist on their smart phones. Today at the ops session mentioned in the first paragraph the owner of the Western Maryland (Moseley Subdivision) after the session settled down and was running smoothly allowed me to setup the new Digitrax LNWI. The setup took less than a minute and it is prime example of how simple things should be to operate on a model railroad.
Once the setup was done and the new wifi device c…
Model Railroading Down on the Peninsula. Gerard
J. Fitzgerald On Saturday June 15th,
the NMRA Tidewater Division meeting was held at the United States Army
Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia. The Tidewater group was gracious enough to
sponsor this get together as a joint
meeting with the James River Division (JRD) to foster camaraderie among
neighboring NMRA groups. Of the approximately thirty-five attendees fifteen
were JRD members from Charlottesville and Richmond (unfortunately no JRD
officers were able to attend).
Fort Eustis is of
course known in model railroading circles because it is where generations of
Army personnel have learned railroad operations for domestic and overseas
military activities. Founded in March 7, 1918 for the military build up
presaging America’s late entry into World War I, Camp Abraham Eustis became
Fort Eustis, a permanent military installation, in 1923. Today this post, along with its satellite
installation Fort Story, is hom…
This Thanksgiving we lost a fixture of the Richmond Model Rail Community when Mike Trader unexpectedly passed away. Mike was the constant stretching back to Bob's Hobby Shop and in each new place he was behind the counter with helpful ideas. He will be sorely missed by JRD members and we wish to express our condolences to his family in this unexpected loss.. You may read his obituary from the Richmond Times Dispatch