David Vaughn is an active O Scale Two Rail (OS2R) modeler. David has modeled in scales other than 1:48, but none has the special satisfaction and enjoyment of O Scale.
David serves as President of the O Scale Central, a scale-wide organization promoting OS2R. He chaired the successful 2018 Scale O National Convention held in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to that, David co-chaired three Indianapolis O Scale Shows. He served previously as a member of the OSK Board of Directors and as an Advisor. In 2020, David was elected to the O Scale Hall of Fame.
David serves also as National Director of the Nickel Plate Road Historical and Technical Society and is a dedicated Nickel Plate modeler and historian. He has participated in a series of O Scale projects, including brass model importation, craftsman kit manufacture and decals. David’s current project is a kit, available in O Scale, for John Armstrong’s model based on the painting Nighthawks.
David is a Member of the NMRA and a part of the Washington-Baltimore O Scale round robin group.
David has preserved and restored parts of three historic OS2R layouts, including John Armstrong’s Canandaigua Southern, and has integrated them into a single 18'x90' track plan. The layout was featured in Great Model Railroads 2016. The layout mixes Nickel Plate and Canandaigua Southern equipment and operations.
David and his Wife Catherine own a full-size former Nickel Plate Road passenger car, the 5 dbr/buffet/lounge City of Chicago, which is presently being restored for service.
David is trained as a lawyer and works as an arbitrator and mediator in labor and employment disputes, including work in the railroad industry. Before going to Law School at the University of Michigan, David served in the Navy as a ships superintendent overseeing guided missile frigate overhauls, and a weapons officer on a destroyer. He is a Vietnam veteran.
David and his Wife reside in Clarksville, Maryland.