Open Houses at MARPM19

The owners of some of the finest model railroads in the region have opened their homes for MARPM attendees in prior years.  Watch this space for announcements of MARPM20 open houses.  Addresses and directions will be provided in advance to attendees.

Jim Brewer’s Norfolk & Western

Glenwood, MD

This HO prototype-based layout provides a realistic look at the N&W’s line down the Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The huge American Viscose rayon plant at Front Royal, Shenandoah yard and extensive industrial sidings at Waynesboro are all modeled and offer extensive switching opportunities in addition to the through freight traffic. This 3,400 sq ft layout space provides extremely long runs. An article on the Rayon plant industry complex is in the Model Railroader special issue, “How To Build Realistic Layouts: Industries You Can Model”.

Fritz Dahlin's Chessie System Broken Timber Subdivision

Columbia, MD

The Broken Timber Subdivision is a 22' x 20' double deck layout representing a fictional Chessie System line in central Maryland. Set in 1981, the two decks are connected by a central peninsula. Main line run is just under 200', and includes two small yards, a short branch line, an interchange, and 7 track staging yards at each end. Control is NCE DCC. The entire layout has basic scenery.

Andrew Dodge's Colorado Midland

Olney, MD

LAST CHANCE TO VISIT – Andrew is soon converting his layout to a Maine setting.

This large layout depicts the second division of the prototype line from Arkansas Jct. west to Basalt in 1897. At that date, the tortuous grades over Hagerman Pass had been bypassed with a tunnel, but there are still helper assignments on some segments. The railroad is fully scenicked and the fleet of beautifully running locomotives and cars are scratch built. A track plan and article is in the 2018 Great Model Railroads.

Jack Keene's Delaware & Hudson Susquehanna Division

Severna Park, MD

The Susquehanna Division is a three-level two-rail O Scale layout representing the Delaware & Hudson lines between Albany, NY and its southern terminal of Binghamton, NY and Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Currently, most of the upper level trackage is in place, while construction continues on the lower levels.  When complete, the mainline will be approximately 525 feet long.  A stub-end staging yard will represent Albany on the lowest level, while Binghamton and Wilkes-Barre are represented by a seven-track staging loop on the uppermost level. Visible trackage runs from Colonie, just north of Albany, to Nineveh Junction, south of Oneonta.  Most freight in this mid-1970’s era layout travels between the B&M interchange in Mechanicville, NY and south end interchanges with the EL, LV and PC (PRR

Don Marvel’s Wilson Creek Division

Severna Park, MD

The Wilson Creek Division represents late 50’s railroading in the hills of Eastern West Virginia.  The railroad is proto freelanced with settings suggested by locations in the general area.  The B&O line is modeled around the town of Norton WV, with staging toward Grafton and Charleston, WV.  West of Norton the line to Richwood, WV branches off to the town of Cowen, with Richwood staging at the end of the branch.  The Western Maryland and C&O connect at Norton, with their staging represented at Elkins and Durbin, WV.  Operation features substantial industrial trackage and live interchange at Norton, as well as coal and industrial traffic along the branch, including a coal preparation plant at Cowen and a connection with the NYC.


Scenery is 75% complete. The railroad is basically single deck, around the walls of a 15 x 22-foot room with a central peninsula and grade up the branch.  It was rebuilt for operation over the past few years and is now holding regular operating sessions.  Car forwarding is by Car Cards and Waybills with NCE radio controlled throttles.  The room is not handicap accessible.

Lance Mindheim's CSX Downtown Spur (Miami, FL), N Scale Brooklyn Terminal, and Los Angeles Junction RR

Silver Spring, MD

Lance has three highly detailed layouts. All feature switching inner-city industrial districts. A track plan and article on the larger Miami downtown spur is in the December 2013 Model Railroader.  The Los Angeles Junction Layout was the cover story in Great Model Railroads 2019.

Paul Dolkos’ Baltimore Harbor District

Alexandria, VA

Paul’s urban switching layout features a series of Baltimore city scenes, circa 1955: an urban industrial neighborhood, tracks in the street, outlying chemical plants served by car float and a pier yard area. Operations are local switch jobs and transfer runs. A track plan and early description of the railroad is in Model Railroad Planning 2010. The HO scale layout occupies two rooms.

Bernie Kempinski's U.S. Military Railroad

Alexandria, VA

Bernie's layout depicts a Civil War era military railroad supporting union troops in Virginia during the quiet winter of 1864. The USMRR is 1/4 inch scale. Wireless throttles, some battery powered locos are on the O scale railroad.

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