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R. Rodriguez has been a model railroader for over 40 years. He has built several small and medium size layouts including assisting with construction of the former Prince William County Model Railroad Club's layout in Quantico, Virginia.

He is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Nickel City Line Railroad Company (What that means is that since he built it, he can give himself any title he wants). He is a founding member of the Prince William County Model Railroad Club where he served as the club's Secretary, Treasurer, Newletter Editor, and Show Coordinator. He is also a member of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA); a member of the NMRA Mid-Eastern Region; a member of the NMRA Potomac Division; and a member of the NMRA Operations Special Interest Group..

He has earned seven Achivement Certificates from National Model Railroad Association in Electrical, Scenery, Association Volunteer, Chief Dispatcher, Engineer-Civil, Author, and Master Builder-Cars. In September 2022 he completed all the requirements to earn his Master Model Railroader Certificate (MMR). He is NMRA MMR #718.

Mr. Rodriguez enjoys the hobby of model railroading. While he enjoys constructing models and building scenery, his focus is on operations. He has developed an operations oriented layout on the Nickel City Line and hosts a number of operating sessions each year. He also operates with a round-robin group of model railroaders that include such published model railroaders as Paul Dolkos, John King, Steve King, Mat Thompson, and Steve Williams.

He serves as an NMRA judge for the Potomac Division for the Mid-Eastern Division and has guided a number of model railroaders in obtaining one or more NMRA Achievement Certificates.


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