Recap of 2023 Modelers Weekend

The 24th Chesapeake and Ohio Modelers Weekend is now behind us. The annual gathering of C&O modeling enthusiasts was, for the second time, held at West Virginia’s Chief Logan State Park Lodge. And, as in past years, Mother Nature gave us a mixed bag of spring weather, however, this year sparing us the bitter cold and snow experienced during the last few years.

The speaking schedule was first class. From detailing C&O diesels to discussing the history of C&O steam locomotive models, how to select the correct ratio of freight cars for your layout, to 3D printing C&O buildings, details and cars, there was something for just about everyone. Added for good measure were three excellent slide presentations giving modelers a detailed look at the Logan Subdivision, traveling across the C&O on Amtrak during the early years, and the C&O’s interesting mix of GE-built locomotives.

Dave Wetterstroem discussed selecting a proper mix of freight cars for your layout.
Dave Wetterstroem discussed selecting a proper mix of freight cars for your layout.

As in previous years, the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society was on hand giving attendees an opportunity to pick up the latest from the Society, and West Virginia Hobbies set up a well-stocked mini hobby shop right next to the meeting room so folks could get their train fix without even leaving the lodge. This year’s “weekend” brought people from as far away as TX and MD. Old friendships were renewed and new ones forged. Some experienced southern WV railroading for the first time, while others enjoyed sitting and talking C&O models in the comfort of the lodge.

From all outward appearances, everyone enjoyed the weekend. We would like to thank the following for supporting the St. Albans Chesapeake and Ohio Modelers, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Modelers Weekend: Athearn Model Trains, Broadway Limited Imports, Micro-Mark, Micro-Trains, Tangent Scale Models, Wm. K. Walthers, West Virginia Hobbies and Crafts, West Virginia Operation Lifesaver, West Virginia State Parks and the Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center.

Jim Butler, Chairman

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