Trains have been a passion my whole life. Growing up in the last days of steam left an indelible impression in my memory. As a child, I relished the Christmas holiday because the might just get something new for the train.
At any rate, my hobby is model railroading. My scale of choice is 1/4″ to the foot and I model standard gauge built to Proto48 standards.
My profession was in business development for nearly 45 years. I worked in the defense industry for my whole career. Prior to that I was in the US Navy. Full retirement occurred a month ago (June 2013) after two years of working part-time. All of that is in the past and the transition was much easier than I thought. My profession gave me an opportunity to travel all over the US and the world for many years. After racking up over 2,500,000 miles on United Airlines and nearly 700,000 on British Airways, I hope to minimize time spend strapped to a seat in an aluminum tube. I would like to try out the Boeing 787 some day. I flew the Boeing 777 the first week of operation from Paris to Chicago. My very first airplane ride as a child was in a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser. The aircraft had Pullman style berths and a lower level lounge. I have logged a lot of miles in Boeing aircraft over the years and believe they are the safest aircraft in the world. Yes, Airbus sells a lot of aircraft but mostly because of their financing.
I have always enjoyed writing but sadly not very well. Over the years, I have been an author of a book on Southern Pacific steam locomotives, held the position as a staff member for Bob Brown’s legendary Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette. Prior to that I wrote articles for the Fine-Lines, Model Railroader. These days, I am the editor of the Proto48 Modeler web magazine and Yahoo Group Forum owner of the Proto48 group.
Over the years, I have learned how to develop kits for urethane model kit makers like Des Plaines Hobbies, Chooch Enterprises and Southern Car & Foundry. The kits are composed of patterns that are used to make molds to cast urethane resin parts.
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