Serendipity! Bernard Kempinski: Introduction to the Railroads of the Civil War

Thursday, February 4, 2021

3:30-5:00 PM, online via Zoom

In the two decades before the start of the Civil War the railroads of the United States underwent a period of amazing growth and technological development. Nonetheless, railroads were still in their infancy at the start of the war. In this talk, Kempinski explains how railroads were built, operated, contributed to the start of the war, and affected its prosecution. Kempinski will also show examples of how he is modeling a civil war era railroad circa 1863 in Virginia. 

Bernard Kempinski is a freelance writer who has written dozens of magazine articles and several books on model railroading. He is an active model railroader and has built models on commission for museums and individuals. A former U.S. Army captain, Bernard is retired defense analyst. See his blog for more info on his layouts and projects. He is also the proprietor of Alkem Scale Models, a cottage industry specializing in fine scale kits and detail parts at

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