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Model Railroading

My interest in trains began at a very young age when my Dad took me to an airshow at what was then the Fort William Airport. The plains in the sky were hard for me, a four year old, to see and there were a couple of steam locomotives working the Neebing yard. Those monster locomotives were wonderful to watch as the side rods moved back and forth turning the big wheels as they moved box cars into position. I am still in love with steam with all the working parts on display for all to see. No DC or AC diesel traction truck can inspire the kind of awe the running gear of a steam locomotive can.

In 2009 I became a member of the 'Mountain View Model Railroad Club' which has a permanent layout located on the second floor of the Didbury Museum in Didsbury, Alberta. You can visit the layout through our website (see link to right) or drop by for a visit if you are in the area. Our meeting schedule is posted on our site as well as some pictures.

Over the years I have had four attempts at building a model railroad layout with only limited success due primarily to my mobile lifestyle as a banker. After leaving banking and settling in Olds I began my fifth layout in 2006 and continue to add scenery to this day. The layout is multi-level and represents a fictional railroad along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. I have named this railroad the 'Eastern Slopes railway' and you can check it out through the link to the right.

Since retirement I have taken to some travel for railfaning purposes and will post some details at the link to the right.