Family trips to New Hampshire helped introduce me to the full size trains of the Maine Central and this fed into my passion for model railroading. To the right is a snapshot I took of a MEC GP38 on the YR-1 train from St. Johnsbury to Portand as it passed by our campground in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, in 1980.
As a teenager, receiving the October 1980 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman really marked a turning point. In it was an article on the MEC ball signal at Whitefield, NH. Having seen it and been there, it really helped me connect model railroading with the prototype.
A pair of B&M GP7's idled in Whitefield, New Hampshire, where we were passing through one day during an early 1980's camping trip.
Another camping trip took us into Maine, where we got up close to the rail yard in Bangor. I saw a local crew working to get their train ready around caboose #640.
Soon after we started work on Glenn’s Rutland layout and also built a pair of modules for a local HO group. This was a great learning experience, and Glenn really helped broaden my knowledge of the prototype railroads in New England.
Participation in the club and working at Sattler's led me to my involvement with the NMRA and locally the New Jersey Division. Nothing can help you achieve your model railroading goals better than participation in the NMRA. My involvement has led me to serve the NJ Division, previously as Superintendent and editor of the Clinkers newsletter.
But we still get together to go to conventions and train shows. Each year we make the weekend pilgrimage to Springfield for the Big E train show. We find plenty of stuff to buy and enjoy, and recently we have participated with the new England Free-mo group, with me bringing my modules up for the show. Having friends in the hobby makes it even better!
Here is Anton at the Timonium MD show, operating a long CP freight on the Four County modular layout.
I would like to thank my wife Tanya for not only tolerating my hobby but also supporting it and helping out at times (she has built some nice structures and birch trees for the layout).