The Frederick & Pennsylvania Line Railroad Museum was formed in July 2015. One of the goals of this organization is to assist in preserving the seven mile former PRR rail line currently owned by the State of Maryland in Frederick County, MD. If preservation includes purchasing and managing the line, we are prepared to move that direction. Additionally, our mission provides us the opportunity to assist history and preservation projects elsewhere.
Over the past 36 months, we have been involved with several preservation, research and writing projects. FPL Museum also creates and publishes history research on our Facebook page with over 11,000 followers and we publish original and unique articles to Wikipedia. FPL Museum continues to raise preservation awareness and funds for future projects.
The organization is seeking additional directors and volunteers who are passionate about historic preservation, railroads and community involvement. You don't have to live in Maryland to be a part of this effort, contact us to discuss your interests.
Mike O'Connor PE, Vice President
Mr. O'Connor is a professional civil engineer with a graduate degree in civil engineering.
QUALIFICATIONS: engineering licenses in the states of California and Maryland. He has four decades of construction and project management experience split equally between the public and private sectors. Certified railroad track inspector through BNSF training program.
Mr. O'Connor has been a volunteer at the Chesapeake Railway Association and the Walkersville Southern Railroad Company for over seven years. Previous volunteer activities include American Society of Civil Engineers, Washington DC chapter and American Association of Cost Engineers, Education Board.
Program Management: Acted as source selection board chairman for $200 plus million in task order contracts for engineering services as well as program COTR for task order awards in support of agency oversight and grant management activity for one of the largest discretionary grant programs in the Federal government, the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts program with over a hundred railroad transportation projects with a value of $85 billion in construction.
Business Management: Managed contracting and logistics operations of $25 to $45 million per year for two local agencies as well as the US Government over wide spectrum of services, equipment and commercial goods, managed $25 to $60 million inventory; addressed complex issues in software licensing and intellectual property. Engineering Responsibilities: Managed bus vehicle engineering for $1 billion in new acquisitions and post-delivery maintenance support for 2,300 vehicles with some of the most complex technology (natural gas engines and embedded systems) in the US transit industry; managed project controls, estimating, scheduling functions for both engineering and construction on mid-range process, petrochemical, power and water distribution projects.
Today Mike is retired and devoting time to the FPL Museum. He is also Education Committee Chairman for the National Capitol Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is an adjunct professor at both NYU, Tandon School of Engineering and Howard University, Washington DC
Mike (on the tie inserter) & Ray
Walkersville, MD 2015
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P O Box 8, Walkersville, MD 21793
Right here on the internet! We are everywhere. This is a new venture, we don't have a brick and mortar home yet. We also have almost no overhead, so every dollar goes to preservation and education projects. Do you know of a building or land someone wants to donate? Call or write so we can make it happen!
Mike inserting ties on the machine he donated to the railroad in Walkersville
Ray Soderberg, President
Mr. Soderberg is a professional railroader with over 30 years of "hands on" operating experience at Class One (Southern Railway) and short line railroad operations (brakeman, conductor, locomotive engineer, track maintenance and inspection) as well as a railroad management consulting background. He is also a local Frederick, MD businessman and has owned and operated three businesses successfully for over thirty years.
First at FTI, Inc. a business serving state and federal agencies installing computer rooms and equipment and moving and relocation services. He managed 24 employees and a fleet of nine trucks with locations in MD & PA and revenue in excess of 1.4 Million annually for sixteen years. Business sold in 1999
In 2006, he formed Rail Transportation Resources LLC to provide consulting and research for the short line RR industry. Mr. Soderberg worked on several short line rail lease agreements, RFP's, industrial development activities and rail line acquisitions, business plans and financial forecasting.
In 2012, Ray started Free State Roll Off & Recycling to provide waste and recycling transportation services in central Maryland which has operated on a profitable basis since its inception and continues to grow today.
In addition to Ray's past volunteer activities at the Chesapeake Railway Association and the Walkersville Southern Railroad for the over nine years, his previous volunteer activities included:
1999- 2004 Civil Air Patrol, U S Air Force Auxiliary Gaithersburg, MD. Search and rescue volunteer and training
of cadet members. Achieved rank of Lieutenant.
1978-1999 National Park Service, Volunteer in the Parks program (VIP). Conducted and participated in living history interpretation at Harpers Ferry National Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Gettysburg National Battlefield, C&O Canal Washington DC and Great Falls MD, Ft McHenry National Monument Baltimore, MD.
Ray is currently managing his trucking/transportation business and devoting all available hours to FPL non profit organization. He also volunteers with the Glade Valley Lions Club.