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CHALLENGES OF THE POTOMAC DIVISION


The staff of the Potomac Division's Potomac Flyer offers a challenge to the Potomac Division membership to share various items with fellow members of the Division in the Division's Newsletter. The results of these challenges are shared on this page after publication in the Potomac Flyer. A big thanks to those who submit entries!

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 CHALLENGE  MONTH

THE CHALLENGE

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

JUNE - JULY AND AUGUST - SEPTEMBER, 2021
Challenge 1 - "SHOW ME YOUR LAYOUT"
25
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER, 2021
Challenge 2 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF ROLLING STOCK"
15
DECEMBER - JANUARY, 2021/2022
Challenge 3 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE TRACK SIDE STRUCTURE"
13
FEBRUARY - MARCH, 2022
Challege 4 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE MOTIVE POWER"
22
APRIL - MAY, 2022 Challenge 5 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE NON WATER LANDSCAPE FEATURE" 12
JUNE - JULY, 2022 Challenge 6 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE WATER LANDSCAPE FEATURE" 14
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER, 2022 Challenge 7 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE HOMETOWN INSPIRED ITEM ON YOUR LAYOUT"
12
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER, 2022 Challenge 8 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE PASSENGER, COMBINE, OR RPO CAR" 8
DECEMBER, 2022 - JANUARY, 2023 "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE CABOOSE OR MoW CAR"
10
FEBRUARY - MARCH, 2023 "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE CRANE, LOADING DOCK OR ENGINE FACILITY"
10
APRIL - MAY, 2023
Challenge 11 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE BILLBOARD OR SIGN"
11
JUNE - JULY, 2023
Challenge 12 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE MINI SCENE (SCENE WITH PEOPLE AND OR ANIMALS THAT TELL A SPECIAL STORY"
8
AUGUST -SEPTEMBER, 2023 Challenge 13 - "SHOW ME YOUR MOST FAVORITE MODEL OR LAYOUT FEATURE 9
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER, 2023
Challenge 14 - "SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE BRIDGE"
16
DECEMBER, 2023 - JANUARY, 2024
Challenge  15 -"SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE MOTIVE POWER"
11
FEBRUARY - MARCH, 2024
Challenge  16 -  " SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE STATION"
11
APRIL - MAY, 2024
Challenge 17 - "FAVORITE REAL TRAIN ENGINE"
12

       CHALLENGE 1 - SHOW ME YOUR LAYOUT

Twenty Five Potomac Division Members participated in Challenge 1 and here are the submissions they made. What started as a simple complete these questions form resulted in a tremendous response from the membership requiring the Potomac Flyer to split the Layout submissions in two parts to publish all of them. The following are the members that submitted layouts and you can see their submission by clicking on their name. You can also see the write up published in the August- September OR October - November 2021 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter,  or if you left click on the Layout's title found to the right of the layout picture. Thanks to those that submitted entries!

Alex  Belida Brian Sheron John Sethian Ron King Bill Lyders
Andrew Dodge Ernie Little Martin Brechbel Tim Tolson
Al Pulgiese Gil Fuchs Max Munger Tom Potthast
Bernie Halloran Jerry Stanley Nick Kalis Robert Prossor
Bill Demas John Paganoni Randolph Ghertler Dale Latham
Bob Rodriguez Ken Nesper Rick Wright Brad Stanford


   Alex Belida's Eureka and South Pass Railroad  Alex Belida's Eureka and South Pass Railroad     Andrew Dodge's Colorado and Midland Railroad

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        Al Pulgliese's Pugsburg Railroad           Bernie Halloran's New York Kittantiny and Western

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         Bill Demas's Westmoreland Railroad         Bob Rodriguez's Nickel City Line Railroad

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     Brian Sheron's Long Island Railroad   Ernie Little's Norfolk Southern Connector Railroad

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         Gil Fuchs's Haifa and Jerusalem Railroad         Jerry Stanley's Hobby Barn YGW

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        John Paganoni's- Central Vermont        Ken Nesper's Three Layouts

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    John Sethian's PRR Nassau Division   Martin Brechbiel's South Mountain Branch Cumberland Valley RR

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         Max Munger's Western Pacific Railroad         Nicholas Kalis's Oahu Sugar Company 

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         Randolph Ghertler's The Shelf Layout         Rick Wright's CONUS Lines 

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         Ron King's Misty Creek Railroad      Tim Tilson's Soo Line  

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     Tom Potthast - Frisco St. Louis Terminal     Robert Prossor's Pennsylvania Railroad

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     Dale Latham - Piedmont Southern RR       Brad Stanford's NC and StL

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        Bill Lyders's Whitewater and Virginia

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CHALLENGE 2 - SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF ROLLING STOCK

Fifteen Potomac Division Members participated in Challenge 2 and here are the submissions they made. The following are members that made submissions and you can see their submissions by clicking on their name. You can see the write up published in the October - November, 2021 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter,  or if you left click on the Rolling Stock title found to the right of the picture. Thanks to those who submitted entries!

Martin Brechbiel Mat Thompson Stan Knotts Bernie Kempinski
Ernie Little Robert Reid Jim Novaco Mark Gionet
Brian Sheron Michael Fleming Alex Belida Bill Mosteller
Ken Nesper Ron King Paul Hutchins



        Martin Breichbel's Pickle Car        Ernie Little's Norfolk Southern Hogshead Tobacco Car

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    Brian Sheron's Spent Fuel Transport Car  en Nesper's Wood Reefer

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    Mat Thompson's Hooker Tank Car         Robert Reid's Ventilated Box Car

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      Michael Fleming's Pullman Passenger Car           Ron King's Conoco Tank Car

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        Stan Knott's VA&ST Box Car            Jim Novaco's Snow Plow

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       Alex Belida's Densmore Tank Car            Paul Hutchin's Norfolk Southern Gondola Car

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    Bernard Kempinski's USMRR Conductor Car        Mark Gionet's B&M Milk Car

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        Bill Mosteller's Virginian Gondola 


CHALLENGE 3 - SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE TRACK STRUCTURE

Thirteen Potomac Division Members participated in Challenge 3 and here are the submissions they made. Again several stepped up to the Challenge and the following are the Members that made submissions. You can see the write up published in the December, 2021/January, 2022 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter,  or if you left click on the Track  side title found to the right of the picture. Thanks to those that submitted entries!

Ken Nesper
Alex Belida
Bob Rodriguez
Mark Gionet
Brian Sheron
Martin Brechbiel
Andrew Dodge

Robert Reid
Dale Latham
Ernie Little

John Paganoni
Mat Thompson
Brad Stanford

  Ken Nesper's Trackside Houses     Brian Sheron's Trackside Marina

  Robert Reid's Trackside Produce Company    John Paganoni's Montville Station

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     Alex Belida'a Steam Log Derrick      Martin Brechbiel's Coaling Platform, Water Tank, anc Railcart Shed

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     Dale Latham's Engine House        Mat Thompson's Christopher Paper Mill 

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     Bob Rodriguez's Dubois, PA Station      Andrew Dodge's Engine House on Boreas Pass

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     Ernie Little's Girder Bridge       Brad Stanford's Coaling Station


     Mark Gionet's Proctor Station

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CHALLENGE 4 - SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE POWER

Twenty two Potomac Division Members participated in Challenge 4 and here are the submissions they made. Again several stepped up to the Challenge and the following are the Members that made submissions. You can see the write up published in the February - March, 2022 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter, or if you left click on the Track  side title found to the right of the picture. Thanks to those who submitted entries!

Martin Brechbiel Cam Green Mat Thompson Alex Belida
Nick Kalis Ron King Mike Fleming Bernie Kempinski
Bill Mosteller Ernie Little Bob Sprague Rick Wright
Bernie Halloran John Paganoni Tim Barr Rich Steinmann
Andrew Dodge Doug Kirkpatrick Deane Mellander
Todd Hernann
John Hooper Bryan Kidd


                                                                                                                                       

   Martin Brechbiel's Double End Tank Car         Cam Green's GP-7

                                                                                                                                                                                       

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      Mat Thompson's ALCO 602          Alex Belida's Climax

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      Nick Kalis's Engine 9            Ron King's 2-8-0

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     Mike Fleming's UP Fairbanks-Morse Erie Built

  Bernie Kempinski's C&O H-8, Allegheny 2-6-6 and D&RGW SD40T-2

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   Bill Mosteller's Subway Car   Ernie Little's Norfolk & Western 611 J-Class 4-8-4

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           Bob Sprague's 2-8-0 and 0-6-0

          Rick Wright's Cab Forward and Allegheny

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  Bernie Halloran's ALCO PA     John Paganoni's "Fire Engine"

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          Tim Barr's MLW DL-535 &K-28

     Rich Seinmann's MU 745

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         Andrew Dodge's Ten Wheeler and Mogul

  Doug Kirkpatrick's W&OD Freight Motor 26       Deane Mellander's Kemtron Shay

     Tom Hermann's ALCO RS-2                                 John Hooper's H9 Consolidation


     Bryan Kidd's 3 Favorites - Streamlined Hudson


CHALLENGE 5 - SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE NON WATER LANDSCAPE FEATURE

Twelve Potomac Division Members participated in Challenge 5 and here are the submissions they made. Again several stepped up to the Challenge and the following are the Members that made submissions. You can see the write up published in the April - May, 2022 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter, or if you left click on the Track  side title found to the right of the picture. Thanks to those who submitted entries!

John Paganoni
Ernie Little
Mat Thompson
Alex Belida
Martin Brechbiel
Robert Reid
Lee Stoermer
Brian Sheron
Dale Latham
Bernie Kempinski
Nicholas Kalis
Gary Eames


     John Paganoni's Tunnel and Mountain                                       Ernie Little's Town Park

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     Mat Thompson's Forested Mountains         Alex Belida's Abandoned Mines

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     Martin Brechbiel's  Codgers, Cows, and Deer        Robert Reid's Viaduct Bridge

     Lee Stoermer's Pennsylvania Amish Countryside         Brian Sheron's Flatbush Avenue

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     Dale Latham's Countryside                Bernie Kempinski's Rural Vistas

     Nicholas Kalis's Tropical Plantings          Gary Eame's Rock Walls

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CHALLENGE 6 - SHOW ME YOU FAVORITE WATER LANDSCAPE FEATURE

Fourteen Potomac Division Members participated in Challenge 6 and here are the submissions they made. Again several stepped up to the Challenge and the following are the Members that made submissions. You can see the write up published in the June - July, 2022 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter, or if you left click on the Track  side title found to the right of the picture. Thanks to those who submitted entries!


John Paganoni Martin Brechbiel Alex Belida Nicholas Kalis
Mat Thompson Richard Steimann Bernard Kempinski Cam Green
Brian Sheron Dale Latham Ernie Little Bill Lyders
Stan Knotts Mark Gionet

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          John Paganoni's Dam                                   Martin Brechbiel's Little Stream


     Alex Belida's Creek and Falls            Nicholas Kalis' Stream and Trestle

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        Mat Thompson's Water Scenes       Richard Steimann's Lake


     Bernard Kempinski's Mill, Dock, and Barge          Cam Green's Water Effects

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     Brian Sheron's Water Features                Dale Latham's Streams


     Ernie Little's Pond on the Farm         Bill Lyder's Waterfall

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     Stan Knott's Harbor Scene          Mark Gionet's Mountainside Creek

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"POTOMAC CHALLENGE 7 -  "SHOW ME YOU FAVORITE HOMETOWN INSPIRED ITEM ON YOUR LAYOUT"

Twelve railroaders participated in Challenge 7 and here are the submissions they made. Like before several stepped up to the Challenge and the following are the railroaders that made submissions. You can see the write up published the August - September , 2022 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter, or if you left click on the Track  side title found to the right of the picture. Thanks to those who submitted entries!

John Paganoni Nichola Kalis Alex Belida Mat Thompson
John Swanson Brian Sheron Doug Kirkpatrick Frank Benenati
Brian Kelly Bob Rodriguez Martin Brechbiel Chris Jones


     John Paganoni's Montville, Connecticut     Nick Kalis' Queens, NY

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Alex Belida's Newsroom Mat Thompson's Farmhouse and Bakery


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John Swanson's Punxsutawney, PA   Brian Sheron's Greenlawn, NY Station

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   Doug Kirkpatrick's Ice Cream Truck        Frank Benenati's Church and Barber Shop

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Brian Kelly's West Virginia Mining Communities Bob Rodriguez's Sheppardsfield, PA

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   Martin Brechbiel's Lemasters          Chris Jones' Neighborhood

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POTOMAC CHALLENGE NUMBER 8 -  SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE PASSENGER, COMBINE, OR RPO CAR

Eight railroaders participated in Challenge 8 and here are the submissions they made. Again, several Division members stepped up to the Challenge and the following are the railroaders that made submissions. You can see the write up published the October - November , 2022 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter, or if you left click on the Track  side title found to the right of the picture. Thanks to those who submitted entries!

Alex Belida Ernie Little Martin Brechbiel John Paganoni
Brian Sheron Bill Mosteller Stan Knotts Mat Thompson


     Alex Belida's RPO Car   Ernie Little's Reading Combine 408


   Martin Brechbiel's RPO/Baggage Car     John Paganoni's "Comboose"

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     Brian Sheron's Passenger Cars      Bill Mosteller's Chapel Car

          Stan Knott's Fish Car          Mat Thompson's Troop Cars

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POTOMAC CHALLENGE 9

SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE CABOOSE OR MoW CAR

Ten Division railroaders stepped up to Challenge 9 and here are the submissions they made. The following are the railroaders that made submissions and you can see the write up published in the December 2022 - January, 2023 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter or you can left click on the side title to the right of the picture. Thanks to all who submitted entries.

John Paganoni John Paganini (2nd entry) Mat Thompson Martin Brechbiel
Martin Brechbiel (2nd entry) Alex Belida Bob Rodriguez Rich Steinmann
Bernie Kempinski Ernie Little



          John Paganoni's Many Cabooses          John Paganoni's MoW Car


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          Mat Thompson's Bay Window Caboose          Martin Brechbiel's MoW Car


          Martin Brechbiel's Bobber Caboose          Alex Belida's D&RGW MoW Cars


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          Bob Rodriguez PRR Cabin Car          Rich Steinmann's Dunmore Caboose



          Bernie Kempinski's Armored Car          Ernie Little's Rotary Snow Plow

    


POTOMAC CHALLENGE NUMBER 10

SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE CRANE, LOADING DOCK AND ENGINE FACILITY

Again Ten Division railroaders stepped up to Challenge 10 and here are the submissions they made. The following are the railroaders that made submissions. You can see the write up published the February - March 2023 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter, or if you left click on the side title found to the right of the picture. Thanks to those who submitted entries!

Mat Thompson Ernie Little Alex Beilda Brian Sheron
Rich Steinmann Chris Jones Todd Hermann Chris Jones (2nd entry)
Paul Hutchins John Paganoni


         Mat Thompson's Traveling Crane          Ernie Little's 250 Ton Derrick



          Alex Belida's Engine Service Facilities          Brian Sheron's Loading Docks

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          Rich Steinmann's Loading Crane          Chris Jones' Roundhouse, Turntable & Loading Dock




          Todd Hermann's Station and Loading Dock          Chris Jone's 200 - Ton Crane


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          Paul Hutchin's Loading Docks          John Paganoni's Coaling Tower


POTOMAC CHALLENGE NUMBER 11

SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE BILLBOARD OR SIGN

Eleven Potomac Division members stepped up to show their favorite Billboard or Sign on their Layout. You can see the write up published in the April - May, 2023 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's Bi-monthly newsletter, or you can left click on the side title found to the right of the picture. The following are the model railroaders that made submissions.

Nick Kalis Mat Thompson Brian Sheron Alex Belida
Doug Kirkpatrick Martin Brechbiel Mark Gionet John Pananoni
Bernard Kempinski Ernie Little Rick Steinmann


          Nick Kalis' LIRR Float Sign           Mat Thompson's Building Sign


          Brian Sheron's Signs     Rick Steinmann


          Nick Kalis' LIRR Float Sign           Mat Thompson's Building Sign


          Brian Sheron's Signs          Alex Belida's Billboard and Wall Sign


          Doug Kirkpatrick's Signs          Martin Brechbiel's Signs


          Mark Gionet's Lucky Strike Sign          John Paganoni's Signs


          Martin Brechbiel's Signs


          Mark Gionet's Lucky Strike Sign          John Paganoni's Signs


          Bernard Kempinski's Signs          Ernie Little's Movie Theater

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          Rich Steinmann's Coffee Sign 

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POTOMAC CHALLENGE NUMBER 12

"SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE MINI SCENE (SCENE WITH PEOPLE AND OR ANIMALS THAT TELLS A SPECIAL STORY"

Seven Potomac Division members and one South Mountain Division member stepped up to Challenge number 12 to show their favorite mini scene on their layout. You can see the write up in the June - July, 2023 Potomac Flyer, the Potomac Division's bi-monthly newsletter or left click on the side title to the right of the picture. The following are model railroaders that made submissions.

John Paganoni Marty McGuirk Alex Belida
Rich Randall Brian Sheron Greg Cassidy
Rich Steinmann Martin Brechbiel


        John Paganoni's Night Scene      Marty McGuirk's Country Store and Gas Station

       Alex Belida's Hauling Oil     Rich Randall's Unexpected Guest


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        Brian Sheron's Marshalls Place        Rich Steinmann's  Dog in Tower


        Greg Cassidy's Depot Coffee        Martin Brechbiel's Break at the Pickle Plant


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POTOMAC CHALLENGE 13

"SHOW ME YOUR MOST FAVORITE MODEL OR LAYOUT FEATURE"

Nine Potomac Division members stepped up to Challenge 13 to show their favorite model or layout feature. You can see the write up in the August - September, 2023 issue of the Potomac Flyer, the Division's bi-monthly newsletter or left click the side title to the right of the picture. The following are model railroaders who made submissions.

Bernard Kempinski
John Paganoni
Martin Brechbiel
Brian Sheron
Alex Belida
Mat Thompson
Mark Gionet
Ernie Little
Lee Stoermer

         Bernard Kempinski's Pig Pen          John Paganoni's Doyle Sand and Gravel

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          Martin Brechbiel's  Blacksmith Car          Brian Sheron's New York Car float System


          Alex Belida's  South Pass Motor Freight          Mat Thompson's  Oregon Forest

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          Mark Gionet's  Salmon Falls River Bridge          Ernie Little's Coal Loading Building


          Lee Stoermer's Codorus Creek Bridge

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POTOMAC CHALLENGE 14

SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE BRIDGE

Sixteen Potomac Division members stepped up to Challenge 14 to show their favorite bridge. You can see the write up in the October - November,  2023 issue of the Potomac Flyer, the Division's bi-monthly newsletter or left click the side title to the right of the picture. The following are model railroaders who made submissions.

Mat Thompson
Ernie Little
Stan Knotts
Nigel Phillips
Howard Forman
Ken Nesper
Pete LaGuardia
Bernard Kempinski
Alex Belida
Ben Sullivan
Nicholas Kalis
Chris Jones
Rich Steinmann
Bryan Kidd
Bill Schultheiss
Martin McGuirk

                              Mat Thompson's Favorite Bridges      Ernie Little's Bridge at Hot Springs

      Stan Knott's Narrow Gauge Trestle Bridge     Nigel Phillips' Two Trestles

  

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                    Howard Forman's Bridges       Ken Nesper's Bridge at Port Shepherd

                              Pete LaGuardia's Plate Girder Bridge      Bernard Kempinski's Bridges

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                Alex Belida's Mini-Trestles     Ben Sullivan's Rock Creek Trestle

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                 Nicholas Kalis' Oahu Gulch Trestle Bridge    Chris Jones' Bridges


   

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                 Rich Steimann's Bridge       Bryan Kidd's Turntable Bridge


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                 Bill Schultheiss' Covered Bridge      Martin McGuirk's Vermont Bridge


POTOMAC CHALLENGE NUMBER 15

SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE MOTOR POWER

Eleven Potomac Division members stepped up to Challenge 15 to show their favorite motive power. You can see the write up in the December,  2023 -  January, 2024 issue of the Potomac Flyer, the Division's bi-monthly newsletter or left click the side title to the right of the picture. The following are model railroaders who made submissions.

Mat Thompson
Alex Belida
Martin Brechbiel
Ken Nesper
Ernie Little
Paul Hutchins
Dale Latham
Nigel Phillips
John Paganoni
Lee Stoermer
Todd Hermann

                                     Matt Thompson' F Units     Alex Belida's Lincoln Lumber Company Shay

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                                              Martin Brechbiel's Interurban Coach      Ken Nesper's OR&W 2-6-0

            Ernie Little's "Spirit of Roanoke"      Paul Hutchin's Heavy Haulers

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                                                      Dale Latham's 2-6-0     Nigel Phillips' "Chippy Flyer"

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                                         John Paganoni's Favorite Engines      Lee Stoermer's Locomotive

                                                                                                                                                    Todd Hermann's Ironton RR #750

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POTOMAC CHALLENGE 16

SHOW ME YOUR FAVORITE STATION

Ten Potomac Division members stepped up to Challenge 16 to show their favorite train station. You can see the write up in the February - March issue of the Potomac Flyer, the Division's bi-monthly newsletter of left click the side title to the right of the picture. The following are model railroader who made submissions.

Pete LaGuardia
Martin Brechbiel
Alex Belida
Ken Nesper
Greg Cassidy
Brian Sheron
Ernie Little (2 submissions)
Rich Steinmann
Chris Jones
Bryan Kidd


         Pete LaGuardia's Combo Station         Martin Brechbiel's Markes Station


          Alex Belida's Woodsboro Station          Ken Nesper's Westfield Station

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        Greg Cassidy's Elkins Station          Brian Sheron's Stations


               Ernie Little's Pulaski Train Depot          Ernie Little's Model Station

  

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          Rich Steinmann's Netcong - Stanhope Station          Chris Jone's Maxtown Station



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     Bryan Kidd's C & O Depot

POTOMAC CHALLENGE 17

FAVORITE REAL TRAIN ENGINE

Ten Potomac Division and two other MER NMRA members stepped up to Challenge 17 to show their favorite REAL train locomotive. You can see the write up in the April - May issue of the Potomac Flyer, the Division's bi-monthly newsletter or click on the side title to the right of the picture.

Alex Belida
Greg Cassidy
Mat Thompson
Bill Schultheiss
Stan Knotts
Ernie Little
Bob Gifford
David Arday
Nigel Phillips
Jeff Jordan
Lee Stoermer
Bryan Kidd

       Alex Belida's Steam Locomotives  Greg Cassidy's WM F7

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        Mat Thompson's Prairie 2-6-2      Bill Schultheiss' Vermont Railway GP-38

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                               Stan Knott's WW&F #10                  Ernie Little's Nevada Southern NW2 Switcher

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                             Bob Gifford's Greenbrier 4-8-4         David Arday's WMSRR 2-8-0

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                                   Nigel Phillip's The Wylam Dilly          Jeff Jordan's N&W 611

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              Lee Stoermer's Locomotives     Bryan Kidd's Engine 1309


Thanks to everyone who provided submissions for the Potomac Division Challenges.

 





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