About Me

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Ken RailroadingMy name is Ken Nesper and my wife and I live in NE DC. My railroading heritage starts with a great grandfather who was an engineer for the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern. I also had a great uncle who was a tower operator for the New York Central. My paternal grandfather worked for Standard Oil (Ohio) as a shipping manager in daily contact with the railroads of Toledo. My dad, brother, and I built an HO layout in the early 1960s.

My wife gets the credit, or blame, for my re-restarting my participation in the hobby of model railroading in the mid-1980s. We were passing a hobby store that was holding a “going out of business sale.” She encouraged me to buy a Lionel train set. Then, at Xmas, she gifted me with a Model Railroader subscription. I was hooked. I built two O-gauge (hi-rail) railroads in the basement of our Silver Spring house. I also fell in with an operating group that now calls itself the Anachronistic Era. In 1988, my wife and I moved to the District of Columbia and I began building my first O scale 2 rail layout. You can read about my progress, since then, in the Annual Reports section of this web site.

Over the years, we've held open houses for O Scale national conventions, Mid-Eastern Region (MER/NMRA) conventions, the Potomac Division (MER/NMRA), and my neighbors. Private viewings are available upon request, but masks and proof of Covid vaccinations are required. The train room is not handicap accessible.

You can contact me at oscaledc@yahoo.com.