Model Railroads Go to War

Bernard Kempinski
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Covers a large scope of model railroading wartime scenes.
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Model Railroads Go to War is the only book that covers a large scope of model railroading wartime scenes. Written by veteran author Bernard Kempinski, it spans the American Civil War through Operation Iraqi Freedom. This guide provides detailed modeling information and historical insight, making it ideal an ideal choice for both modelers and history buffs.

It also includes:
• A rare combination of historical text and photos.
• Step-by-step instructions.
• Track plans that illustrate how to model a military railroad from various time periods.

Author: Bernard Kempinski
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Pages: 96
Color photos: 200
Author Bio
Bernard Kempinski is a freelance writer who has written more than 40 magazine articles and several books on model railroading, many of them on layout planning. He is an active model railroader and has built many models on commission. A former U.S. Army captain, Bernard works as a defense analyst in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1:  Railroads Redefine Warfare
Chapter 2: Beanpoles and Cornstalks: the USMRR in Virginia
Chapter 3: The Cracker Line: Civil War Railroads in the Western Theater
Chapter 4: Railroad Guns and Armored Trains
Chapter 5: Cambrai: the Trains behind the Breakthrough
Chapter 6: Arsenal of Democracy: American Railroads in WWII
Chapter 7: Cherbourg: Gateway to France
Chapter 8: Cold War and Beyond: Railroads in Modern Conflicts
Chapter 9: Rockets on Rails: Kennedy Space Center Railroad

Additional Information
About the Author
With the burgeoning interest in railroads for military modelers, and for military loads for model railroaders, Model Railroads Go to War by Bernard Kempinski from Kalmbach Publishing is an excellent inspiration for modelers who want to merge the iron horse with the war horse.
The author Bernard Kempinski is a respected modeler and historian of the American Civil War. He has also published other railroad titles such as The Model Railroader's Guide to Steel Mills.
This is one of those titles that ties everything together in today's modeling. When I unwrapped the book it was like a dream come true! Forget the exceptional models displayed through excellent photography, this book melds my interest in railroads with my interest in military history. And in the tradition of Sheppard Paine, it spans decades and generations.
The author wrote this book in a well organized and easily read manner. He imparts knowledge easily. I found only a single meaningless typo. In Railroads Redefine Warfare the first use of railroads in a war effort (United States, 1846) and the first use of railroads in a military operation (The Crimean War, 1855) is recounted. It leads the reader through the history of war in the railroad age: American Civil War; Franco-Prussian War; Russo-Japanese War and others. The First World War is detailed, including the light railways which brought supplies to the trenches, and the congealing of America's railroads which led to the United States Railway Administration (USRA). The herculean effort of the railroads during the Second World War is explored, including the use of armored trains by many countries. The role of railroads through the Korean War and the Cold War, through their utilization today are examined. The use of armored trains and rail guns is touched upon.
Both Beanpoles and Cornstalks: the USMRR in Virginia and The Cracker Line: Civil War Railroads in the Western Theater focus on the American Civil War, where possession of railways was as critical – if not more so – than control of rivers. Thus, railroads became a strategic asset and both sides strove to destroy or capture them. The Union created the United States Military Railroad to operate portions in areas with frequent enemy activity.
This chapter may be most fascinating to many of you as the models and layouts shown in color photography are of a subject and era seldom modeled on a grand scale. The author's layout is O scale - 1/48 and features lengthy bridges and other sweeping scenes, as do some of the other modelers' featured in the book.
Railroad Guns and Armored Trains combines exceptional modeling in many scales with prototype images, including the US Navy's 14-inch railroad guns used during WWI near Verdun. It also features photographs of German super-heavy artillery and Russian armored trains, as well as O scale-1/48 armored train models.
Large dioramas combining 1/72 and 1/76 military subjects and light railway models tell the story of the great tank attack in Cambrai: the Trains behind the Breakthrough. The author identifies the models used, e.g., Emhar, W^D Models, Meridan Models, Juweela.
Huge 1/96 ship models blend with HO trains in Arsenal of Democracy: American Railroads in WWII and Cherbourg: Gateway to France. From this point on Minitanks and other HO scale military vehicles laden the trains.
Finally, Cold War and Beyond: Railroads in Modern Conflicts and Rockets on Rails: Kennedy Space Center Railroad demonstrate that even in the nuclear and space eras, colorful trains are still important to drab national exploration and security. Ever wanted to model the Space Shuttle with model trains? Here's your inspiration!
This book is a feast for modelers who draw inspiration and ideas from other modelers, throughout the industrial age.
Model Railroads Go to War is an excellent book for enthusiasts and modelers of railway subjects during wartime. It presents inspirational models through an exceptional selection of photographs, and it identifies many models used in the scenes for modelers who might want to acquire them. The author includes histories and narratives that enhances the bare model potential. For modelers who want to try their hand at a railroad layout of the subject, clearly illustrated layout plans are included.
A de minimis typo is the only thing the keeps this book from perfection.
I wholeheartedly recommend this excellent book!
-KitMaker Network, Frederick Boucher

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