RailCamp 2017

By Cadence Hinnant

[Ed. Note. The following is the report on RailCamp 2017 from this year’s winner of DCNRHS’s G. Lawson Clark RailCamp scholarship. RailCamp 2017 was held in Newark, DE, from June 25 – July 1 and is an educational experience designed to teach students about 21st century railroad operations, dispatching, and maintenance, while simultaneously providing insight into the early history of U. S. railroads. DCNRHS awards a scholarship annually to a high school student with an interest in railroads. Cadence will be a sophomore at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA, this fall. Cadence’s interest in railroading was sparked when he received a Lionel train set when he was two years old. He has been a member of National Trackers O-Gauge Club since he was six. He volunteers at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, and “Classic Trains Magazine” published a photo of his home layout in 2011. Cadence is interested in pursuing a career with Amtrak or Norfolk Southern after college.] Photos by the author.

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