My dad had a lionel train layout from about 1949 until 1954. This got me interested in Model Railroading.
My first personally constructed layout was a 4X5 plywood round about with 2 switched sidings. I built this during my first year in high school in 1959 after receiving a Varney dockside (l'il Joe) train set. I have been an on-and-off model railroader ever since and have always modeled in standard gauge, HO scale. I am currently working on my 6th layout but have gone over to HOn3 narrow gauge.
I have always worked pretty much in the steam era to trasnsition era. 1930-1950.
I am an electronics engineer and have always been an amateur scientist among many other part time hobby and pastime endeavors. I hope to fully retire in 2014.
I am only recently back into model railroading, strictly due to the advances in DCC and the Blackstone narrow gauge offerings with Tsunami sound.
My current road that I am working on building is a fantasy narrow gauge road that would have existed in the 1939-1952 time frame created solely for hauling mineral ore during and just after WWII. The bulk of this ore would be Uranium along with copper, vanadium and others. It would extend from Paradox, CO to Placerville, CO where it would link to the RGS and from there on to the uranium ore concentrator in Durango. The road is a private road operated by a mining consortium of 25 mining companies.
I have named the road, the Paradox Uravan & Placerville.