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.