About

mike

Welcome. Thank you for joining me as I build my model railroad, the Continental Northern Railroad.

I got my start in model railroading much the same as a lot of people. At about the age of 6 my brothers received new HO scale train sets and my father built a 5 X 9 table for them. In order to keep me away from them, I was given an old American Flyer S scale train set.  However I was far more interested in the train table, with it’s multiple mainlines and scenery. Relenting my parents finally caved and got me an engine and a few cars that I could run on the layout. I remember exactly what they were:  a red M&StL Lionel diesel hustler, a red M&Stl boxcar, 2 DM&IR hoppers and a yellow DM&IR caboose. I still have them.

I spent hours running trains, working and reworking scenery and scratch building structures for that layout. And then I hit that time of life most everyone seems to go through, cars, girls, college and starting a family. At some point early in our marriage my mother asked what I wanted to do with all that “old train stuff”, going through the boxes brought back a lot of memories. Watching me go through it my wife ( who is truly a saint) said that maybe I should build a small layout that the kids and I could play with. If only she knew the Pandora’s box she was opening.

My wife and I live in a northern suburb of Minneapolis. Our 3 children are now grown and have started their own families. We have 2 grandchildren who are interested in trains, mostly Thomas, but have yet to appreciate a detailed model railroad. We both work for a west coast fashion designer overseeing their retail operations.

And again, thank you for joining me on this journey.

 

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  1. I found your website while searching for photos of a completed Walthers pier terminal (HO scale). I just started adding a second floor office to the kit I built. I was curious how other enthusiasts detailed the interior. I have not seen everything on your website, but what I have seen is awesome. I have been collecting HO scale trains and structures for years, but I have never had a realistic layout. I am in the process of constructing my bench work. A friend with experience at model railroading is designing some different layouts to accommodate the structures I have.

    Thanks for sharing your photos and information about your layout. You do really good work!

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