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2015 National Convention chairman
Bruce has over five years experience in 3D printing and has been published in the Southern
Neil Besougloff has been editor of Model Railroader magazine for 8 years. Beforethat, Neil was editor of sister publication Classic Toy Trains for a decade and was a newspaper editor in Florida and in his native New Jersey.
Dick Bronson is co-owner and hardware designer for RR-CirKits, Inc. Model Railroading has been his hobby since he was a child in upstate New York. In 1998 he started a website offering "kits" of "circuit" boards that he had designed for his own model railroad, and called the site RR-CirKits. In 2003 He was offered the opportunity to build the original LocoBuffer, and by 2004 had redesigned it into a finished product, the LocoBuffer-II, and turned RR-CirKits into a full time business.
Dick and his wife Karen live in Waxhaw NC, the home of the only remaining wooden foot bridge over the CSX. Standing on the bridge while a train passes a few feet below you is the most exciting action in town.
|Brown, Bill MMR||
Bill Brown has been an NMRA Master Model Railroader since 2006 and his home layouts and modules have appeared in several issues of Model Railroader Magazine, Railroad Model Craftsman, and The Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette. Bill is a past division Superintendent, is on the national contest staff for the NMRA, and is the AP Chair for The Northeastern Region. Bill's models have won several awards over the years including the Gold Award for Best of Show at The Detroit National Convention, and had a photo selected Best of Show last summer in Cleveland. Bill has given clinics at several national conventions. He recently parlayed his love of photography into LARC Products, a small business that provides backdrops and graphics worldwide.
Geoff Bunza started as a Model Railroader at age 6. His interest in modeling the New York Central was cemented when riding on a NYC fan trip to Harmon in 1966 behind S-Motor 110. He fed his interests through college becoming a member of the Tech Model Railroad Club (TMRC) at MIT while getting his doctorate in Electrical Engineering. He has given clinics throughout the US on scale model animation and written articles for Model Railroad Hobbyist, Railroad Model Craftsman, and the New York Central Historical Society Model Magazine. He is a life member of the NMRA and holds an Extra Class amateur radio license.
|Burgess, Jack MMR||
Jack Burgess models the Yosemite Valley Railroad circa August 1939.
|Chandler, Mike MMR|
|Chubb, Bruce MMR||
Dr. Bruce Chubb is a Master Model Railroader and the author of the model railroading books, How To Operate Your Model Railroad, The Computer/Model Railroad Interface (C/MRI) User's Manual and the two-volume Railroader's Application Handbook - a complete thesis on railroading applications. Bruce is a renowned author in Model Railroader and NMRA Magazine with over 60 articles to his credit. He is a major speaker at numerous NMRA national and regional conventions. Bruce, a retired electrical engineer in digital systems applied to aerospace, is currently occupied full time building and operating his Sunset Valley Oregon System to model ten prototype railroads operating in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Bruce is involved helping others incorporate the benefits of a computer interfaced to their model railroads via JLC Enterprises.
Married to Bruce 60 years, Janet is the mother of two grown daughters and has been a
|Clark, Robert A.||
Bob has been a docent at the California State Railroad Museum for 18 years, intrepreting the railway post office car, diner, and sleeper. He is a member of the Sacramento Modular Railroaders club and has a home layout modeling the Erie around Elmira, N.Y. about 1952.
Portland 2015 National Convention clinics chair.
Mark Dance lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his "understanding and patient" wife Christiane and their two children. He has been an N scale modeler for 36 year. The Columbia & Western and it's operations have been described in a number of articles in the hobby press including Model Railroad Planning 2012. The C&W is also scheduled to appear in Great Model Railroads 2016. Mark has a degree in mechanical engineering (robotics) and spent 20 years as a product designer/inventor and manager.
PDX 2015 National Convention - SIG coordinator
|Feeney, Dr Kevin|
Jim Ferenc lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and has two adult children. He has modeled the Colorado and Southern Ry. Northern Division (standard gauge) in HO scale since 1991. He and a group of operation-minded friends first brought the C&S to life in 2000, and operate monthly. Jim is also the owner of Boulder Creek Engineering a small company creating animation products for model railroads, including talking defect detectors, speedometers, track scales, and more.
Stuart A. Forsyth, a life member of NMRA, has been researching Cajon Pass (from Colton to Summit) since 1959. As Secretary and then Chairman of the Pacific Coast Chapter of the R&LHS, he helped create the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. He currently serves on the Archives Oversight Committee of the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society's Western Archives, which are located at the Depot in San Bernardino. While his layout of Cajon Pass has yet to be built, he has learned a lot over the intervening years. Now that he has retired from his most-recent position as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, hopefully he will have time to turn dreams into reality in his large garage in San Diego.
|Fowler, Don MMR|
Henry is VP for Operations of the B&O Railroad Historical Society. He has been a clinician at NMRA National and Regional Conventions, Prototype Modeler meets and B&ORHS conventions. His articles have appeared in Model Railroader, Model Railroad Planning and the Operations SIG's Dispatcher Office, as well as B&ORHS publications. Henry is a retired newspaper and digital publisher and editor. His newsrooms won numerous national awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.
Publisher Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine
|Geiger, Doug MMR||
Owner and builder of the HO scale Granite Mountain Railway. Doug has had many articles,
President of the NMRA.
|Gore, Jim MMR||
Modeling with the masters instructor.
Associate editor, Model Railroader magazine
iwata-medea airbrushes / Tag Team hobbies
Mark Gurries is model railroader since 1973 and a DCC user since 1996. He is a professional Electrical Engineer who works in San Jose California (Silicon Valley). His expertise is in Power Design & Management directly applies to DCC technology.
|Hall, Edwin MMR|
|Hamilton, Jack MMR|
|Hamm, Bob MMR|
Editor, Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine
Steve Hauff is a well known author and editor:
He has also lectured on rail subjects in the US, Australia and Japan.
|Headon, Fred MMR||
Modeling with the masters instructor.
Byron is the editor of the ldsig's Layout Design Journal.
President of the Pacific Northwest Region.
Paul has been involved with modular railway modeling since 1974 when he built an Nn3 NTRAK module for the NMRA national convention in San Diego. He subsequently became the first Modular Standards Chairman on the NMRA national engineering committee and modular layout coordinator for the 1977 PCR and 1981 National conventions.
A.J. is co-owner of Digitrax.
Jarrette Ireland is the Manager of Sales and Support at SoundTraxx. A modeler since childhood and a part-time trainman with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Jarrette is well versed in both the hobby and the industry. In addition to assisting customers and dealers, Jarrette has presented clinics on the many features of SoundTraxx products, sound, and DCC at both the NMRA and National Narrow Gauge conventions for the past 5 years. He also serves as Vice President of the Hobby Manufacturers Association Model Railroad Division, and on the Education Committee.
Zana is co-owner of Digitrax.
Greg has been an active modeler in both N scale and HO since 1968. His layouts have been featured in Model Railroader, Model Railroading, N Scale Railroading, Great Model Railroads & Model Railroad Planning. He has also presented many clinics at various NMRA national conventions over the past 30 years.
Jeff Johnston has been a frequent convention clinician and a long-time contributor to the model railroad hobby press with more than 50 stories published in MR, RMC, Timber Times and other publications. He authored "The MDC Shay Handbook", the "How to Paint a Steam Locomotive" video and continues his work on restored steam locomotive and model railroad hobby videos and articles. He and his wife Pam are building an HO scale standard gauge layout based on the Sugar Pine Lumber Company/Minarets & Western Railway circa September 1927.
Rick dispatched trains and trained dispatchers for the SP.
Owner of Alkem Scale Models.
|Knapp, Tom MMR|
|Kooning, Clark MMR||
Modeling with the masters instructor.
|Lewis, Dan MMR|
I have loved trains since WWII days, watching the SP in the San Timoteo canyon. Yes I vaguely remember steam, mostly in helper service. I spent most of my adult life in passenger transportation - busses and now as a Conductor with Grand Canyon Railway. I model HO, HOn3 and 1:8 scale, 7.5" gauge.
Retired electrical engineer and software developer.
Prototype modeling columnist for Model Railroad Hobbyist.
Owner of Tam Valley Depot
Mick Moignard has been modeling D&RGW and RGS prototypes in HOn3 since the mid 70's and with DCC since 2000. Mick considers DCC and onboard sound to be the greatest thing for the hobby since we abandoned keys for electricity.
Bruce has written articles for the Layout Design Journal since 2001.
|Muff, Nicholas MMR||
Dr. Muff has been collecting brass model railroad equipment and modeling in HO scale for over 50 years. He has a large home layout with a focus on passenger railroading from the late 1940's to the mid 1950's. The center piece of the model railroad is a scale recreation of Kansas City Union Station and downtown Kansas City. The stage for the model railroad is set by a full scale F-7 locomotive cab and a ACF passenger car mock-up. He enjoys CAD drawing and over one hundred of his articles and plans have been published. He is a member of the National Model Railroad Association and several historical societies. For twelve years he has been involved in research, drawing and production of fine-scale HO brass models of steam and diesel locomotives and passenger equipment of the Mid-west. He is a Radiation Oncologist practicing in the Washington State.
Dennis Murphy is a ship captain by trade, but mostly he teaches at a maritime institute in Seattle these days. He has been published on three continents, in five countries, in multiple publications.
Seth is a retired electronics industry professional. His home layout features the Union
Owner/builder of the HO scale Utah Colorado Western.
|Paul, Kermit MMR|
Bruce writes the popular DCC-Impulses column in Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine.
Editor, Railroad Model Craftsman
Jim is the owner/building of the HO scale Santa Cruz Northern railroad. He has been
Gary Robinson was a lone wolf model railroader for nearly 50 years and in many scales at one time or another. Since 2000 Gary has been sharing
Steve Sedaker is Vice President of the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association (PRPA), and also on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. Steve has been a crew member on the 700 since 2006, and his key responsibilities are crew staffing and operations for the 700. Steve also sits on various ORHF committees and is active business and financial planning activities at ORHF and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
Jimmy is the owner of Monster Modelworks.
As a young boy, Don was been fascinated with the stories his Grandfather of driving
Lowell is a passionate 'operator' and owner of Lowell Smith Signature Series, producer of 'Specialty Model Trains'. Lowell was a founding member of Columbia River N Scale and a train producer for The Walt Disney Company.
Pete Steinmetz has been an avid modeler since childhood. He modeled HO Transition for many years, then did a stint with N Scale. Like many N Scalers, he found his way to On30. While in On30 he discovered the joy of operating trains with Battery Power and Radio Control. He was fortunate to be one of the founding members of the Dead Rail Society. As the interest in Dead Rail grows and matures there is more opportunity to help people make the transition to Dead Rail. In addition to Dead Rail, Pete has done considerable research in Weathering Techniques using mixed media. He has been especially interested in techniques used by military modelers. He is working as an advisor to Ammo of Mig as they develop a line of weathering products for model railroaders.
Principal at Train Control Systems
Mat Thompson grew up in Oregon. He now lives in Gainesville, Va. His HO scale Oregon Coast Railroad was featured in Great Model Railroads 2014. With a nearly finished layout, his present hobby efforts go into hosting and attending operating sessions.
A long-time SP modeler in HO and a California native, Tony Thompson is interested in SP history, and has published both magazine articles and books on this subject. He wrote the modeling column in the SP Historical and Technical Society's magazine, Trainline, for 25 years, and served five years as the Society's President. He is retired from a career in university teaching and research, as a materials scientist interested in mechanical properties of materials.
|Van Arnem, Bob|
|Van Gilder, Chip|
|Walker, Roger MMR||
Roger is a retired geology professor/consultant, with a special interest in realistic scenery. My clinic will emphasize rocks on a layout, and ways to make them realistic. My own layout has more than 300 painted plaster castings, all made from my own resin molds.
Owner of Fast Tracks, manufacturer of precision turnout construction jigs.
|Waterstreet, David L.|
|Weinheimer, Bob MMR|
|Williams, Mark MMR||
Like so many of us, I had a train set as a Christmas gift (American Flyer) as a child... and then life happened, and there seemed to be no time for model trains! I got back into the hobby in my late 40's, and have built four layouts since (two of which have been sold, but I still have the socond and fourth and enjoy them in rotation). Each of these have been small enough to transport to various shows and exhibitions, and each has had a different theme. My interest in the CB&Q and its Zephyrs comes form the fact that I was born in Illinois and rode on some of their trains as a kid and as a young adult, including the fabled California Zephyr.
|Wright, Greg MMR||
Greg Wright has been modelling since 1975 in HO, HOn3 and 1:32 scale. His current railroad,
|Youngblood, Peter MMR||
Modeling with the masters instructor.
|Zeek, Jim MMR||
Growing up in Placerville, CA, the son of a saw filer and the fourth generation of loggers and mill men, Jim began helping his father by the time he was tall enough to align band saw teeth as they passed by on a grinder and by age sixteen, had completed apprenticeship as a filer. Instead of moving on to work as a filer's helper Jim enrolled in Forestry at Oregon State (OSU). During college and graduate school, summer employment was found in a box factory as machine operator and at a saw mill as a laborer around mill and woods; including cat skinner recovering rails left behind by scrappers.