|Read here about the backgrounds of some of the Model Railroaders who will be presenting at North Central Crossing 2019.|
|Jim Baker||DCC Revealed|
|Jim Baker served as a Data Systems Technician in the U.S. Navy where he learned electronics and computer programming. After military service, he earned a degree in Computer Science and had a career in Information Technology. Jim is now retired and finds an outlet for his model railroad enthusiasm at the South Oakland County Model Railroad Club where he serves on the Board of Directors and as the club’s treasurer. He scratches his itch for electronics and programming by working on various projects at the club and by consulting with other model railroaders to analyze and troubleshoot pesky layout problems and designing and building custom electronics and JMRI programs for layout automation. Jim’s other interests include Fly Fishing and home improvement projects that don’t include plumbing, he hates plumbing. Jim and his wife Cathy live in Troy, MI, have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren (so far).|
|Mike Burgett||Signaling on a Railroad|
|Mike Burgett is a lifelong model railroader and train enthusiast, with 23 years of experience in the railroad signal industry. Currently he is Division Engineer of Signals for a major class one railroad. He says "I guess you could say I'm a bit of a rivet counter when it comes to prototypical accuracy in the operation of a model railroad signal system!"|
|Phil Doolittle||Steam Locomotive Development|
Doolittle is currently Superintendent of the Clinton River Division and
Chairman of this Convention. His interest in model railroads goes
back to the ‘50s and he has been a member of NMRA since 1973. He
is active in Free-mo modular railroading. Although he enjoys
modern big power and rolling stock, he has an engineering fascination
with steam; all that power controlled by men, not electronics, and
designed on paper with slide rules, not computers!|
|Ray Huber||The President Travels by Train|
it has been said so many times, it all started with that first
Christmas train set - an American Flyer three rail passenger train
complete with a “Bullet Nose” locomotive. As the years went by,
three-rail became two-rail American Flyer. A high-school job
supported my hobby. Learning of HO scale, and finding Model
Railroader at the magazine stand started a knowledge of scale model
railroading but American Flyer was still my train of
choice. Then, while serving in the Air Force and waiting
for transport overseas, I saw in a Newark, NJ hobbyshop window the most
realistic car kit I'd ever seen. It was a caboose kit made by
After the Air Force came work for a firm that manufactured railroad industry castings. I earned a Civil Engineering degree, worked briefly for the New York Central, then earned Masters degree and began a teaching career. By now I had built a couple of HO scale layouts and was active in the NMRA, Division 1 of the NCR. Between teaching contracts one summer I asked a model railroad friend who was the Chief Engineer of the Toledo Terminal RR if he needed summer help. A part time job turned into many years of work for the Terminal during summers or when not in the classroom teaching.
And that’s my story of how the Toledo Terminal Railroad became an integral part of my life. With camera in hand and a sincere thanks to the late Phil Shuster, I look back and smile at the great experience I was given when working for the railroad.
|Rad Jones||The President Travels by Train|
is a retired Secret Service agent who protected 6 Presidents (Kennedy
through Reagan) and was an instructor at Michigan State University.
He conducted security advances for Presidents around the world
and several for trips by train. |
He has been a model railroader since the mid 50's and models in N Scale. He has given presentations on Presidential train travel and history at NMRA National conventions and regional meetings.
|Richard Kubek||Servos 101
Servos for Railroads
Advanced Servo Control
Graduate, American Institute of Baking
Electrician's Mate 2nd Class, US Coast Guard, stationed at USCG Field Testing and Development Center, Maryland, for 3 years.
Retired from Awrey Bakeries, 45 years, Bakery Supervisor
50 years playing with trains
Model in HO, in the future, year 2046
Work extensively with animation, always looking for unique items in the hobby.
Willing to try new and different things.
|Rich Mahaney||Tank Cars 101|
Railroad Car Traffic
Mahaney has been involved with model railroads and trains since he was
about 5 years old when that first “Christmas train set” arrived.
The railroad and trains interest was further instilled and reinforced
in Rich by his grandfather who would take Rich down to the train tracks
in the Grand Rapids area to watch trains with him. Rich has been
interested in modeling the Great Northern in an HO layout and the
railroads that interchange with it, between the state of Washington and
the Midwest as the GN moves perishables in the late 1950’s. |
Rich has been a member of the NMRA for a number of years and severed as the “Superintendent” of the Eastern Iowa Division (Cedar Rapids, IA area) during 2007 and 2008. Rich was recently elected to the position of “Director at Large” Position for the NMRA North Central Region that serves MI and parts of IN and OH. Rich is probably most known for his model railroad and railroad related clinics and photography that he has used in presentations in a number of states. Rich enjoys all aspects of model railroading, railroads and touring other model railroader’s layouts of this great hobby. Rich lives in Gobles, MI which is on the west side of Michigan between Kalamazoo and South Haven.
As an instructor/presenter, Rich has taught in 29 states and 4 countries. Rich’s college degrees are from Oklahoma State University with an Associate Degree in Fire Protection and Safety and a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Technical Education.
|Dean Pyers||Under Pressure: Operating PM 1225|
|Dean Pyers worked for General Motors as a Manufacturing & Industrial Engineer for 33 years, and has been a volunteer at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso for more than 20 years. He is the co-author of the Arcadia "Images of Rail" book about Pere Marquette 1225.|
|Greg Rich||HO Scale Vehicles|
local boy, born, raised and educated in Mt. Clemens, he had an early
interest in railroads and model building; although he didn’t discover
that he could have the best of both worlds until his mid-20’s when he
discovered Model Railroading. He is a past president and 32-year
member of the Gratiot Valley Railroad club. Greg is a current member of
NMRA and Division 8 of the NCR.
Currently retired from General Motors, he is now building one of his dream railroads, the New Baltimore & Fair Haven Rwy; a freelanced model of a RR set near the Great Lakes in the mid-1920’s. He enjoys scratch-building and kit bashing models as a means to build something that is truly unique. Greg is also currently working on the NMRA Achievement program toward his MMR.
|Sam Swanson||Delving into Details|
|I’ve enjoyed model railroading for 32 years as part of the NMRA and narrow gauge community. My interests are predominantly 1930s era Appalachian logging and coal mining, through HOn3 and On30 modeling. I’m part of the Great Lakes Modular Group, working in HOn30 to replicate 2-ft railroads in Maine. Professionally, I’m a registered civil engineer, specializing in water treatment facilities design and construction.|
|Lee Turner||Weathering Models Using Acrylic Paints:|
|Lee was born in Sayre Pennsylvania in 1957. Several influences early in life shaped his interests throughout his life. His father was employed by the Lehigh Valley railroad and his earliest reading material was Trains and Railway Age magazines. An older brother was an avid plastic model builder and the miniature ships, airplanes and tanks fascinated Lee early on. By age four he was building kits himself. Lionel trains were also enjoyed. When adolescence arrived models and trains were packed away being replaced with girls and cars. A chance visit to a hobby shop in his early twenties re-ignited the spark and he started back in HO scale. After reading an article in Model Railroader about super detailing an O scale box car he wanted to try O but In the late seventies O scale was at a low point and to find a kit to start with required buying a dust covered old kit from one shop and finding two other shops to supply trucks and couplers. Construction of that kit revealed a perfect blend of the two hobbies of model railroading and model building in a scale large enough to add lots of detail and realistic weathering. Marriage and kids kept hobby time short but there was always some time to enjoy it. Fast forward to 2014 and a decision was made to become a professional modeler. The word was put out and a few jobs came in, people really liked the work and soon he was saturated with projects and has continued to stay extremely busy until the present.|
|George Van Duyne||
Van Duyne's first thoughts of being a model railroader may have been
the day in his childhood that he took a drill and keyhole saw to the
train table to make some elevation changes for some scenery.
years and a few layouts came and went with many lessons learned
along the way, such as “hold the soldering iron by the handle”,
“anything protruding under the layout will hit your head”, and most
recently “what made you think you'd be able to get under here when you
George has been working on his current layout for almost 30 years, to which most people say “Wow! You work really slow!” He finally joined the NMRA and Division 8 several years ago and has made more progress on the railroad since then which says something for NMRA membership. Or it may just be that he retired from the IT industry around that time. George has also volunteered at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso for the past few years, working on the equipment and servicing the locomotive during excursions. He also recently built new winter scenery for the 3-rail O Scale display layout.
|Richard Wahl||Truss Bridge Variations|
|Richard is a member of the Gratiot Valley RR Club, NCR Division 8, and the NMRA member since 1998. As a member of the Gratiot Valley Club he served as president for six years and as monthly newsletter editor for 8 1/2 years. The need for a walk-under five foot through truss bridge at the club led to an extensive search of truss bridges to find a prototype and resulted in this presentation. This presentation takes you through the many varied styles of truss bridges and some of the considerations making them structurally sound for those massive train loads. It concludes with a look at the building of a paper through truss bridge that has lasted over 18 years at the club. Richard is a retired US Air Force fighter and instructor pilot, retired high school college prep mathematics teacher, and is currently a high school FIRST robotics coach. Another interest is beekeeping as he maintains a farm with a small apiary.|