Walthers Announces Winners of 2021 Model Railroad Build Off

Modelers of all ages participated in the months-long model railroad build. People’s Choice Winner Brandon Lepley is seen next to his coal mine scene. 

Walthers Announces Winners of 2021 Model Railroad Build Off

By Railroad Model Craftsman Staff

The winners of the second annual Walthers National Model Railroad Build-off have been announced. 

Earlier this year, the model railroad manufacturer kicked off its second-even module building contest in an effort to test the skills of beginners and experts alike. There were multiple categories, including adult individual, adult team, youth and an open category where builders could use whatever material they wanted. 

Adult competitor Chris DeAngelis’ layout. 

Those who participated in the non-open categories purchased themed bundles from Walthers that included either a depot, a grain elevator or a coal mine. There was also a people’s choice award that was picked by Facebook users. 

“We wanted to do something that would promote the hobby, not just a specific product,” said Zach Thompson, director of product marketing, of why the company started the build-off. 

This year’s winners were: 

Youth Winner: Josiah Jamieson

Open Category Winner: Matthew Richards

HO Adult Individual Entry: Chris DeAngelis

HO Adult Team Entry: Patrick Iwanski & Team

People’s Choice: Brandon Lepley

The winners were selected by a panel of modeling experts.

Youth Winner Josiah Jamieson

This article was posted on: August 6, 2021